This class aims to introduce the Mandarin Language by characterizing its unique properties as a very different linguistic system from those in English. To know a language is similar to knowing a person. Each person has its unique personality and it is the same for each language. This course is designed to get students understand and familiarized with the ‘personality’ of Mandarin so that all the grammatical properties may make sense to the learners.
- Chinese: a Linguistics Introduction by Prof. Chaofen Sun. 2006, Cambridge.
- Mandarin Chinese: a functional reference grammar by S. Thompson and C. Li.
- Other Required materials: Your choice of a textbook or a text series that is designed for teaching Mandarin Chinese.