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2 - Chinese grammar

from Unit I - Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 April 2023

Yongping Zhu
Affiliation:
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Chu-Ren Huang
Affiliation:
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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This chapter introduces the concept of grammar of a particular language. The basic units of grammar in Chinese are introduced in order to underline the distinguishing characteristics of Chinese grammar. By comparing Chinese with English, the chapter demonstrates that Chinese words have no form changes in sentences regardless of quantity or tense; thus, the relationship between words plays an important role in determining their parts of speech.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Chinese grammar
  • Yongping Zhu, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Chu-Ren Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Book: A Student Grammar of Chinese
  • Online publication: 27 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009233507.005
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  • Chinese grammar
  • Yongping Zhu, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Chu-Ren Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Book: A Student Grammar of Chinese
  • Online publication: 27 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009233507.005
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  • Chinese grammar
  • Yongping Zhu, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Chu-Ren Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Book: A Student Grammar of Chinese
  • Online publication: 27 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009233507.005
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