Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
"This new intermediate-level textbook includes chapters 39 through 50 with vocabulary, grammar, drills and text relating to the following topics: courtship, the rote of men and women in society, career objectives, traditions of the Spring Festival, the writings of Lu Xun, bargaining for discounts, interviewing for a job, part time work, family planning in China, visiting a traditional Chinese doctor, China's launch of the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft."
This is an abundantly documented study of composite sentences in Modern Chinese, their syntactic and semantic properties. It discusses the extent of language variation, the relation between synchrony and diachrony, the nature of grammaticalization, and the non-uniqueness of syntactic analysis.
"Ideal for: Beginning. This attractive series is designed to supplement the first and second books of Practical Chinese Reader, one of the most widely used elementary Chinese textbook series at the high school and college levels in the US and elsewhere. PCR Companion is divided into three volumes rather than two to allow more flexibility and a better fit with the quarter system. Lessons correspond with the lessons in PCR 1 and 2. Each volume includes lecture notes, perforated homework pages, and appendices. Companion books do not correspond lesson by lesson to the New Practical Chinese Reader (see p. 4), but most of the Companion books' grammar points are still introduced in NPCR."