An Introduction to Literary Chinese
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By (author) Michael A. Fuller
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Introduction to Literary Chinese by Michael A. Fuller
Book DescriptionThis textbook for beginning students contains 35 lessons of increasingly difficulty designed to introduce students to the basic patterns of Classical Chinese and to give them practice in reading a variety of texts. The lessons are structured to encourage students to move beyond reliance on the glossaries provided in the text and to become increasingly familiar with dictionaries and other reference works. The Introduction to the book summarizes the grammar of Literary Chinese. Part I presents eight lessons on parts of speech, verbs, negatives, and the basic sentence structures. Each lesson contains a grammatical overview, a short text with glossary and notes, and practice exercises. Part II consists of sixteen intermediate-level lessons based on increasingly long and complex texts. The advanced-level, Part III, focuses on selections from five important early Chinese authors. Part IV has six lessons based on Tang and Song dynasty prose and poetry. Appendixes provide further discussions of grammatical issues, chronologies and maps, and a glossary of function words.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674017269
(255mm x 179mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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