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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There are close to clzssical hundred short claszical eloquently translated. Realizing that this places an “unnecessary burden on the learner,” Pulleyblank uses pinyin romanization and putonghua pronunciations throughout. It is pure punctuation, and may be accounted for by inserting a comma, a semicolon or a period after the verb or verbal phrase that follows it.

Thus we arrive at “a king is able to be used to kill a man,” which we translate into adequate English by “a king can kill a man. Though Chinese is not an easy language, it is a very simple one.

Edwin G. Pulleyblank

As an English-speaking American who also speaks Korean, not Chinese, this book was not really written for someone like me because Chinese pronunciations of the characters are grammzr from Korean pronunciations.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Here in one volume one has handy the major grammar references needed to approach Classical Chinese texts. Okay, I’ve found it. How did [she manage to] resemble heaven?

Eadweard marked it as to-read Jun 13, This project, with faults time and attention would have remedied, has been put on the back burner due to my employment crisis. The contrast here is between what one is which is permanent and what one does which is temporary. I thought the translations were mostly very good, but I did notice a couple of obvious mistakes.

In Pulleyblank’s graduate seminar on Old Chinese grammar, where the students were already somewhat proficient in classical Chinese, the notes were discussed point by point while the class was asked to dispute the analyses and offer individual interpretations of syntactical rules. For these matters, example is not better than precept and we must carefully analyze the structures.

Another example he gives argues against the idea that the exposed part is a topic, but again the resumptive pronoun is between the exposed object and the predicate:.


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And in Classical Chinese, because characters used for writing function words can be quite pjlleyblank due to how characters were used according to the rebus principle pupleyblank, it can make it all the more confusing. It is definitely far more a scholarly study than a grammar textbook, yet for tricky grammar questions it is the book I often consult first. Do you want me to rescue the world [ with ] my hand?

Only then may they be exposed to a real literature which they could have read at once.

A knower-of-its-meaning’s relation literally, “being related to” [all] beneath sky, surely it’s like [if one should] show all this,” [he] pointed to his palm. Though these omissions are likely due to the book’s focus on calssical and historical texts. Despite a few “flaws” it is a book full of useful and subtle knowledge on Classical Chinese grammar and anyone serious about Classical Chinese would do well to own a copy.

Posted May 19, This last begins to appear with its modern meaning in colloquial post-Han texts.

Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar

The merest hint of special emphasis suffices to suggest the verb “to be. 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:. The different negating words may be found at the end of this book, and their description there will be found adequate for a sound practical understanding. When a word which is typically omitted is in fact given, we may assume that it is so to give additional emphasis, or to avoid ambiguity.

If I 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 chiese in some measure superceded those of my predecessors.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Pinyin should only be used in transcriptions: In plain English, this means we should translated this construction by adding the words “to” or “for. I cannot here offer suggestions as to what online dictionaries are best, since this changes with greater frequency than the updatings of this grammar.

A concise and useful book dealing with Classical Chinese grammar, with plenty of examples to show usage. Daniel Evensen rated it liked it Dec 28, The basic sense however is “thus,” and this will do in all cases, even this one:.


This “no” can also be used at the end of a sentence in the sense of “or not? He taught courses while pursuing doctoral studies under the German sinologist Walter Simonand received a Ph. Both the vocabulary and the grammar of Classical Chinese can differ in the ancient medical classics as compared to the more commonly studied historical textseven if they were authored in the same historical time period.

Contact Contact Us Help. In light of his stated purpose for writing the book, this review will analyze the Grammar as a textbook rather than as an advanced linguistic study of classical Chinese. But the proof of my assertions, and the vindication of my method, will come from a perusal of the texts I translate and comment on in the grammar itself. The reply is that the terminology of Latin grammar, which is in turn based on that developed by Alexandrian scholars for the study of Greek, came about as a result of a thousand-year study of these classical languages, and is a splendid tool for understanding and describing any language.

The shortcoming is that a really complete control of the grammar’s fine points will remain elusive.

Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar by Edwin G. Pulleyblank

Beware of modern editions, which are almost all in simplified characters! The master said, One may show respect to the young literally, “late born”how [can one] know those to be will not be like [those who have reached maturity] now?

Byoungyeul added it Nov 30, I have taught courses 4 or 5 times with several different textbooks, each good in their own right: When verbs are negated When a verb is negated, unstressed pronominal objects are usually placed between the negator and the verb. His emphasis on pronunciation at time of writing not presented much in this book is an important distinction I’ve only just come around to. Richard rated it really liked it Oct 06, The learning of Chinese is often a purely lexical matter.