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Zev Handel
CHIN 531
Seattle Campus

Studies in Chinese Phonology

Sources and methods in the study of Chinese phonology; modern standard Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 442 or permission of instructor. Offered: A.

Class description

This graduate-level course is an introduction to Mandarin phonology. It will cover such topics as the phonology and phonetics of Modern Standard Mandarin; dialectal variation in Mandarin; the historical and dialectal origins of the standard; comparative reconstruction of Proto-Mandarin; textual sources on early Mandarin varieties; and the influence on Mandarin of Mongolic and Tungusic languages.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Extensive readings in both English and Chinese; class discussion; exercises

Recommended preparation

Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of phonetics and phonology, including familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet, and to read academic Chinese. Students should ideally have taken Chinese 342 or Chinese 442.

Class assignments and grading

Student presentations and a final paper.


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.
Last Update by Zev Handel
Date: 02/10/2007