By Edwin G. Pulleyblank. UBC Press. Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar is a comprehensive introduction to the syntactical analysis of. Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar is a comprehensive introduction to the Renowned for his work in Classical Chinese, Edwin Pulleyblank opens the. So a very good reference for studying Classical Chinese is Edwin Pulleyblank’s. Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar. Vancouver: UBC.

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Also, Fuller’s appendix D contains a very useful glossary of the most important function words. A concise and useful book dealing with Classical Chinese grammar, with plenty of examples to show usage.

Word order is considerably more flexible, however, in poetry. Very analytically, this means “king: A concise and useful book dealing with Classical Chinese grammar, with plenty of examples to show usage. Books by Edwin G. It’s probably not exactly what you were looking for, but it might still be interesting if you want to know more about word order in the classical era:.

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My subjects, I will certainly help. Ancient pronunciation is referred to for explanatory purposes only, and is inserted for the benefit of the specialist. I take their good qualities literally, “their good things” and follow them, their bad qualities “things” and alter them [in myself. Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar fills that gap and is the first comprehensive introduction to syntactical analysis of Classical Chinese.

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Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, I’ve been meaning to buy a copy of this excellent book, but as its price is fairly high, I keep putting it off and consulting the copy in the library instead. Pulleyblank admits to a “primarily pedagogical aim” p. While China has a long tradition of lexicography and of phonological studies, unlike Europe and Indian it has no tradition of descriptive or prescriptive grammar.


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: Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar (): Edwin G. Pulleyblank: Books

The master said, A mediocre man, [who is striving to raise himself] upwards, [one] can always speak [to him], improvingly; a mediocre man, [who is striving to bring himself] downwards, [one] can never speak [to him], improvingly.

Since almost everybody learns Classical Chinese by reading sections from the classics, it would be helpful, but likely contrary to the philosophy and aim of the book, if the most common grammatical patterns were summarized into one or two chapters and the full and varied usage of each individual grammatical particle were listed in one place.

The basic sense however is “thus,” and this will do in all cases, even this one:. Emma rated it really liked it Nov 23, He is the author of numerous studies on Chinese history, linguistics, and literature.

This is the very madness of linguistics. The master said, A mediocre man, [who is striving] upwards, [one] can speak [to him] improvingly; a mediocre man, [who tends] downwards, [one] cannot speak [to him] improvingly. The logic here is this: And these responsible scholars were, none of them, lyrically gifted. Above, [I will] be [for] crows and kites claesical to eat; below, [I will] be [for] mole-crickets and ants what to eat.

To invent unheard of terms to describe unfamiliar concepts is a capricious proceeding. Megan marked it as to-read Mar 31, Refresh and pklleyblank again. I shall be grateful to anyone who brings to my attention errors or omissions. He taught courses while pursuing doctoral studies under the German sinologist Walter Simonand received a Ph. Write a customer review. Terryw marked it as to-read Nov 06, I shall always indicate words that I supply by enclosing them between square brackets [ ].

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. There is no long apprenticeship as there is for Indo-European languages during which one must memorize noun and verb paradigms.

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Some of these items ship sooner than the others. On occasion in his examples he adds in words that are not in the original Chinese and are not required for good English, but that none the less improve the translation; in these cases he really should put his additions in square brackets.


He then deals with the main sentence types: This will look like this M. If Pulleyblahk make the meaning clear by explanations which are consistently effective in explaining the so far intractable problems of Classical Chinese grammar, then I should in fairness be taken seriously as one whose works have in some measure superceded those of my predecessors.

Boltz, Journal of Asian Studies A most welcome and practical book.

Classicl then gives the following example sentence and translation: When I quote from the Mathews definition without change, I place the words in quotation marks. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Chapter 2, “Some Basic Principles of Classical Chinese Syntax,” since it maintains die brevity of chapter 1 while completing the general overview ofclassical Chinese, is merely a continuation of the introduction.

This is due both to the Chinese’ own indifference to it, and the purely mercantile motives of nearly all modern western language teaching. Though these omissions are likely due to the book’s focus on philosophical and historical texts. No trivia or chinwse yet. For Pulleyblank the course began with, and often did not progress beyond, careful reading of the first several pages of the Mengzi while the professor walked the students through the intricacies of the grammar.

My object is to provide definitions for the most common and versatile words that are simple, clear, and invariably granmar.