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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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CHJA 351 - Special Topics in Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)


(Same as ASIA 351 ) Topics vary each year. Can be repeated for credit when a new topic is offered.

Topic for 2017/18a: Chinese Linguistics. This course offers a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the whole set of terminology of the general linguistics in connection to Chinese phonology, morphology and syntax. It examines the structure of Chinese words, sentences and discourse in terms of their pronunciation, formation and function in comparison with and in contrast to similar aspects of English. It also highlights the construction and evolution of Chinese characters and explores social dimensions of the language. Topics such as language planning and standardization, relations of Mandarin with the dialects, and interactions between Chinese and other minority languages are discussed. Classes are conducted and readings done in English. Students with background in Chinese can choose to do projects in Chinese at their appropriate level. Wenwei Du.

 

Prerequisite(s): two courses in a combination of language, linguistics, literature, culture, or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.



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