Manchu Grammar, Part 8

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Liliya M. Gorelova
Brill, Jan 1, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 600 pages
With the help of this long-awaited comprehensive grammar of Manchu, the official language in China during the Qing dynasty, access can be gained to the numerous official documents of more than 250 years of Chinese history immediately preceding the Republic. Taking into full account the scholarship on the subject from both China and Russia, the volume provides full coverage of the Manchu writing system, morphology and phonology. Special attention is given to syntax, until recently a conspicuous hiatus in Manchu linguistic studies. Also dealt with is Sibe, which the author convincingly argues to be a direct successor of Manchu vernacular, and its relation with classical Manchu. Many grammatical problems of Manchu are considered in a wider framework of the Manchu-Tungusic languages - the group to which Manchu belongs.Dr. Gorelova s grammar is a true reference work, indispensable for students of (Qing) China and Oriental languages.

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1. This is a reference grammar for linguists, not really suited for language learners.
2. Very comprehensive. ★★★★★
3. Written in the context of cutting edge comparative Tungusic linguistics
, with lots of insight. ★★★★★
4. Not very well laid out, it takes some effort to navigate the structure of the book. ★★☆☆☆
5. The author is not a native speaker of English, and the book seems pretty much unedited for awkward language and clarity, which makes it somewhat painful to read. ★★☆☆☆


The Altaic Language Family and the Manchu Language
Institutions of the Manchus
The Manchu Language and its Dialects

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Liliya M. Gorelova, Ph.D. (1975) is a Senior Researcher in linguistics at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She is the author of several books and a number of research papers on the Manchu-Tungusic languages.