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Classical Chinese, Traditional Characters

Classical Chinese, Traditional Characters

ISBN:
9780887277375
Description

Learn classical Chinese the sensible way! This unique functional approach provides the perfect balance of linguistic detail and applied practice for students learning classical Chinese for literary study, historical research, or to improve their knowledge of modern Chinese.

Classical Chinese : A Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible one-year introduction to classical Chinese for students with advanced proficiency in modern Chinese. This innovative textbook focuses on key function words, with carefully selected brief excerpts from classical sources arranged to provide a structural approach to the language. Written by expert teachers based on decades of pedagogical experience, Classical Chinese is ideal for students who would like to extend their understanding of Chinese literature and culture and comprehend the roots of modern Chinese. This unique functional approach to classical Chinese supports practical knowledge from the start; students can apply their reading skills to concrete examples to delve into important sources from the very beginning, while gaining a detailed understanding of the nuances of classical vocabulary and syntax.

Each of the twenty-two lessons in the book focuses on a selection of related grammatical function words, such as 也, 乃, and 是, and the syntactic structures defined by these words. These terms are introduced with clear, jargon-free bilingual explanations of their meaning and functions, followed by twenty to thirty example sentences from classical sources. Each illustrative example sentence is accompanied by a modern Chinese translation and thorough glosses of key function words and new vocabulary, and each lesson also includes longer excerpts for additional reading practice. The nearly two thousand vocabulary items glossed in the text are listed in an index alphabetized by pinyin for easy reference and review.

While this book is ideal for classical Chinese courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, it is also suitable for independent study by advanced students with a strong background in modern Chinese. The strong focus on important function words and applied practice provides an efficient yet comprehensive introduction to classical Chinese, whether it is studied for its own sake or to master classical elements in contemporary prose.

In traditional characters with pinyin. Includes an appendix of simplified characters.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2009
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
306pp
Table of Contents

Classical Chinese (Traditional Character Version)

關於《文言章句》

 

 v

Foreword
  vii
Lesson Structure and Conventions   xi
第一課的意義和用法 Meaning and Functions of 1
第二課的意義和用法 Meaning and Functions of 9
第三課的意義及用法 Meaning and Functions of 17
第四課 也、乃、是 也,乃 and   27
第五課的意義與用法 Meaning and Functions of 35
第六課 所、所以 and 所以   43
第七課 為、以 and   53
第八課 被動句 The Passive Voice 61
第九課 詞序 Word Order 69
第十課 兼詞 Dual Function Fused Terms 79
第十一課 省略句 Ellipsis 89
第十二課 使動式和意動式 Causative and Putative Constructions 97
第十三課 否定詞和否定句 Negatives 109
第十四課 連詞 Conjunctions 121
第十五課 代詞 Pronouns 129
第十六課 疑問詞 Interrogatives 139
第十七課 程度副詞 Adverbs of Degree 149
第十八課 時間副詞 Adverbs Indicating Time 163
第十九課 範圍副詞 Adverbs of Scope 175
第二十課 名詞用如動詞、副詞 Nouns Used as Verbs or Adverbs 187
第二十一課 語氣詞 Modal Particles 195
第二十二課 複合虛詞 Compound Function Words 205
章句引書目錄 Sources 215
練習答案 Key to Exercises 217
詞彙索引及總詞彙表 Vocabulary Index and Glossary 237
詞彙索引首字筆劃檢字表 First Characters 287
簡體字 Simplified Characters 291
Reviews

This textbook provides readers with a solid foundation for learning classical Chinese as well as a bridge between classical Chinese and modern Chinese…students will not only learn Classical Chinese words and grammar structures, but also get acquainted with the values and philosophies of Chinese tradition.

— Dr. Yu Feng, Director of the Chinese Language Program, Brandeis University
About the Series

Learn classical Chinese the sensible way! This unique functional approach provides the perfect balance of linguistic detail and applied practice for students learning classical Chinese for literary study, historical research, or to improve their knowledge of modern Chinese.

Classical Chinese : A Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible one-year introduction to classical Chinese for students with advanced proficiency in modern Chinese. This innovative textbook focuses on key function words, with carefully selected brief excerpts from classical sources arranged to provide a structural approach to the language. Written by expert teachers based on decades of pedagogical experience, Classical Chinese is ideal for students who would like to extend their understanding of Chinese literature and culture and comprehend the roots of modern Chinese. This unique functional approach to classical Chinese supports practical knowledge from the start; students can apply their reading skills to concrete examples to delve into important sources from the very beginning, while gaining a detailed understanding of the nuances of classical vocabulary and syntax.

Each of the twenty-two lessons in the book focuses on a selection of related grammatical function words, such as 也, 乃, and 是, and the syntactic structures defined by these words. These terms are introduced with clear, jargon-free bilingual explanations of their meaning and functions, followed by twenty to thirty example sentences from classical sources. Each illustrative example sentence is accompanied by a modern Chinese translation and thorough glosses of key function words and new vocabulary, and each lesson also includes longer excerpts for additional reading practice. The nearly two thousand vocabulary items glossed in the text are listed in an index alphabetized by pinyin for easy reference and review.

While this book is ideal for classical Chinese courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, it is also suitable for independent study by advanced students with a strong background in modern Chinese. The strong focus on important function words and applied practice provides an efficient yet comprehensive introduction to classical Chinese, whether it is studied for its own sake or to master classical elements in contemporary prose.

In simplified characters with pinyin. Includes an appendix of traditional characters.