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Chen, University of California, San Diego If any readers are lured by the title of this book to expect detailed discussion of the syntax, semantics, or phonology of Chinese, they will be disappointed: A more descriptive, if less tantalizing, title would have been ‘The Chinese writing system: The book closes with Part IV Chaps.

DeF, best known for his extremely popular series oftextbooks used by many students of the Chinese language in the US, has succeeded to a remarkable degree in rousing readers’ curiosity and in challenging them to look at Chinese writing in a refreshingly new, often unconventional, and sometimes controversial fashion.

He has a nimble mind and a vivid imagination, and excels in inventing felicitious examples to illustrate ghe point.

For instance, he compares ‘phonetic compounding’ to a ‘rebus’ puzzle p. The introductory section entitled ‘The Singlish affair’ is a classic piece of imaginative writing, as defranci as it is instructive. In what follows, I will focus on the two core questions: The answers have momentous practical consequences. Consider beguiling examples such as these: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.


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