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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PCHC007
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

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, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Hokkien grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Hokkien vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Hokkien structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand spoken Hokkien and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Hokkien in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

A total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.  In addition Masters students will receive an additional 6 hours of lectures and an additional 6 hours seminars/tutorials in total over the course.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Hokkien language with emphasis on practical spoken Hokkien. The course covers phonology (including tone patterns and tone changes), sentence patterns and basic grammar. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying and selling, and urban and rural family life.

The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Hokkien and practice of using Hokkien in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Hokkien speakers in Hokkien. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Hokkien language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Hokkien.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

An essay of 3,000 words to be submitted on Friday week 1, term 3 (30%); an essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on Friday week 1, term 3 (20%). a mid-year oral examination (week 2, term 2) 10 minutes duration (20%); an end of year oral (week 3, term 3) 20 minutes duration (30%). 

Suggested reading

The course will be based on:

  • Zheng Weiliang et al.: Shenghuo Taiyu. Taipei: Zili Wanbao, 1996 (or equivalent)
  • additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.
Additional Hokkien References:
  • 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