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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese)

Course Code:
155901249
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year
This course introduces spoken elementary Hokkien, also known as Minnanyu or Taiwanese.

Prerequisites

At least one year of intensive Mandarin Chinese. The course is intended primarily for students with a good grasp of Mandarin grammar and pronunciation, and a reading ability of a minimum of 300 characters.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, the student should be able to hold a simple conversation in Hokkien and function adequately in standard social situations requiring the use of Hokkien.

Workload

Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One essay (2,500 words) 20% to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3; a mid-year oral (10 mins) held in week 2, term 2, 30%; a final oral (20 mins) held in week 3, term 3, 50%.

Suggested reading

  • Klöter, Henning: Written Taiwanese. Leiden: Universiteit Leiden, 2003. 
  • Li, Charles N., Sandra A. Thompson: Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1989. 
  • Lin, Shuang-fu: A Grammar of Disjunctive Questions in Taiwanese. Taipei: Student Book Co., 1975 
  • Ramsey, S. Robert: The Languages of China. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1987. 
  • Norman, Jerry: Chinese. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988. 
  • Weingartner, Frederic F.: Tones in Taiwanese. Taipei: Ching Hua Press, 1970.