Functional and Conceptual Principles
Another feature of the book is that it focuses on reasons, rather than merely on a description of rules. The language is lucid, and the arguments are cogent. The scope and depth of the investigation make the volume one of the most thorough and relatively complete pedagogical reference books. Chinese Syntactic Grammar can serve as a textbook for training professional CFL teachers. It is a must-read book for Mandarin Chinese teachers as a handy manual, also for intermediate and advanced Chinese learners if they want to have deeper insight into the nature of the Chinese language. Linguists who are interested in cognitive grammar and specialists across many fields including education, psychology, communication, and information science will find the book enlightening and interesting.
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Abbreviations ABBREVIATION TERM A AMC action-measure complement AP adjective phrase CD communicative Dynamism D determiner DCC the directional compound complement DVC the directional verb compound NP noun phrase Od direct object Oi indirect object PTS the Principle of Temporal Sequence PTSC the Principle of Temporal Scope Q quantifier R-A Ratio Referential-Attributive Ratio RP referential precedence RVC the resultative verb compound SP semantic proximity TMC time-measure complement VP verb phrase Note: In this book, the term ‘Chinese’ refers strictly to Mandarin Chinese.
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