Francisco Varo's Grammar of the Mandarin Language (1703): An English Translation of Arte de La Lengua Mandarina . with an Introduction by Sandra Breitenbach

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Francisco Varo's "Arte de la Lengua Mandarina," completed ca. 1680, is the earliest published grammar of any spoken form of Chinese and the fullest known description of the standard language of the seventeenth century. It establishes beyond doubt that this "Language of the Mandarins" was not Pekingese or Peking-based but had instead a Jiang-Huai or Nankingese-like phonology. It also provides important information about the nature and formation of pre-modern standard forms of Chinese and will lead to revisions of currently ...

Francisco Varo's Grammar of the Mandarin Language (1703): An English Translation of Arte de La Lengua Mandarina . with an Introduction by Sandra Breitenbach 2000, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia

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