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Zev Handel
CHIN 442
Seattle Campus

The Chinese Language

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
CHIN 342/442 course web site
Last Update by Zev Handel
Date: 01/20/2004