CHIN 431 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics

Last offered Spring 2013

Is Chinese--whose nouns "lack" number and whose verbs have no tense--a monosyllabic, "primitive" language? Are the Chinese characters a system of logical symbols or "ideographs," which indicate meaning directly without regard to sound? Should (and could) the characters be done away with and alphabetized? Are Cantonese, Hakka, and Taiwanese dialects or languages? And what is the relationship between Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese? These are some of the questions we will be taking up in this one-semester introduction to the scientific study of the Chinese language. Topics to be covered include: the phonological, syntactical, and lexical structure of Modern Standard Chinese; the Chinese writing system; the modern Chinese dialects; the history of the Chinese language; sociolinguistic aspects of Chinese; and language and politics in the Chinese-speaking countries. Readings in English and Chinese, with class discussion in Mandarin and/or English depending on student proficiency levels in a given year.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom performance, homework, two short papers, and one longer paper
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Prerequisites: CHIN 302 or permission of instructor
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Class Number: 3057
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CHIN 431 LEC Intro to Chinese Linguistics Division 1: Languages and the Arts Cornelius C. Kubler
CHIN 431 LEC Intro to Chinese Linguistics Division 1: Languages and the Arts Cornelius C. Kubler
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