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