CHIN 320 - Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (4)

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in Chinese linguistics. It surveys the most important elements of the Chinese language, its structure, dialects, and writing system from contemporary linguistic perspectives. It also covers such topics as history of the language, dialectal variations, language and culture, language planning, language use in society, and Chinese computing. The course will be conducted mainly in lectures in combination with discussions of assigned readings, hands-on activities and in-class exercises. Class will be taught in English. No prerequisite is required.