Covers the same topics as CHIN 342 (students attend CHIN 342 lectures), with additional readings and assignments. Provides necessary background for 500-level courses in Chinese linguistics and textual study. Intended for graduate students or advanced undergraduates. Required: Reading ability in Chinese.
Students will acquire a basic knowledge of the linguistic features of Chinese, including the structure of Standard Mandarin, the development and nature of the writing system, the major features of Chinese dialects, and the history of the Chinese language.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In addition to sitting in on CHIN 342 lectures and doing all 342 assignments, 442 students will do additional readings on lecture topics each week, and will discuss these readings in a separate hour-long meeting. Some of these readings will be in Chinese.
Although the official prerequisites require only one year of Chinese language instruction, students must be able to read short academic articles written in Chinese in order to take CHIN 442. (If you do not have this reading ability, you should enroll in CHIN 342.)
Class assignments and grading
Readings, homework problem sets, a dialect analysis project, and a short paper. There will also be a final exam and, some years, a midterm.
Grades are assigned on the basis of the assignments listed above, as well as on participation in discussions during weekly meetings to discuss the readings.