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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415471311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415471312
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of the first edition:

'It is fortunate that the long-felt need for a Cantonese grammar should have been so competently met at the first attempt. This is an excellent book, down to earth, up-to-date, full of insights, replete with well-selected and illuminating examples, and written with minimal reliance on jargon, so that it is accessible to all who are interested in Cantonese.' - Professor Hugh Baker, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

'Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar represents the latest effort in writing a dialectal grammar, a grammar that aims to serve language students, teachers, and linguists alike with both challenge and elegance.' - Professor Samuel H.N. Cheung, International Review of Chinese Linguistics

'A cover-to-cover reading leaves the impression that Matthews and Yip's work is undoubtably the reference grammar of Cantonese that we have been waiting for.' - Professor Alain Peyraube, International Review of Chinese Linguistics

'Matthews and Yip make a formidable team in putting together what is, in essence, the first full-length treatment in English to date of the grammar of modern spoken Cantonese.' - Professor Marjorie Chan, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association

'The lack of a comprehensive reference grammar of Cantonese has long been a curious and embarrassing situation. Matthews and Yip's work therefore constitutes a landmark in Chinese linguistics.' - Professor Jeroen Wiedenhof, Glot International

'Matthews and Yip have indeed written a comprehensive grammar, which addresses the needs of Western learners of Cantonese and of general linguists in a thorough and detailed way... the authors have given the Cantonese language a long overdue, rightful place and a proper prominence within the descriptions of Chinese.' - Professor Gisela Bruche-Schulz, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale

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The University of Hong Kong The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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There are only a few books about Cantonese grammar readily available. This is in my view the best of them in terms of clear explanations and comprehensiveness and it somehow manages at the same time to not be boring. It is extremely helpful for my studies and generally my mood. Anyone considering to buy this or the new edition, I would always recommend the new edition with the added Chinese characters. Even if one isn't currently learning the writing system its invaluable for effective communication with Cantonese language partners.
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This is a review of the 2004 edition. As a learner of Cantonese for over 10 years I highly rate this book. Having learnt Yale Romanisation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong it was particulary helpful that this book uses the same system of Romanisation. Highly recommended
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I like this book because as it says on the book 'comprehensive'. I was quite surprised that they even had the traditional chinese text in it because their previous ones didn't have any of that. As a Cantonese speaker, I love books with the pinyin and traditional chinese text. Absolutely a must have book if you are considering learning Cantonese!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98983f30) out of 5 stars Yale Romanization + Chinese characters 6 Feb. 2014
By xuebaiqiang - Published on Amazon.com
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Ignore the reviewer who says it's a shame that this book lacks Chinese characters. I just purchased and received my copy. It not only has Chinese characters to go with the Yale romanization system for Cantonese used by the Chinese University of Hong Kong but also has both literal and dynamic translations into English. The latter is a great feature because in many cases Chinese is virtually impossible to translate into English word-for-word. Yet, for those who did not grow up with Cantonese or any other dialect of Chinese, translations for individual words is crucial in order to get some sense of sentences best translated dynamically. Even for those with an intermediate grasp of Cantonese or Mandarin, it's quite helpful to have both types of translation right in front of you. Get this book instead of Basic Cantonese Grammar and Intermediate Cantonese Grammar by the same authors because those two volumes do not have the Chinese characters nor literal translations to accompany dynamic translations. It's worth the cost.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98988198) out of 5 stars Tiny Images for Chinese Text in the Kindle Version! 30 Mar. 2014
By R. Yeh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought the Kindle ebook version, thinking that it would be great to brush up on my Cantonese.

However, the Chinese characters in the ebook are images, and NOT selectable text (unicode). As a result, it is super difficult to look up a character if you are not familiar with it.

Check out this screenshot, from the index at the end of the book: i.imgur.com/1yIUh7N.png

Notice that the characters are tiny images. How am I supposed to learn Chinese this way?

Luckily, the images in the other parts of the book are slightly bigger.... but still it would be great if I could select the Chinese character and search for it on the web, so that I could learn about it.

A waste of $60.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x989883d8) out of 5 stars Awesome Book, There isn't anything else out there like it. 10 Dec. 2012
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It gives the reader all the short cuts needed in order to work out the structural grammar in the spoken language.

Until i found this there was nothing else properly explaining why the grammar is formed in certain ways. Why use this? why use that? In comparison to most other books, i found this to be the most descriptive in sentence structure and break down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98988738) out of 5 stars Tremendous Tools for Understanding Cantonese 7 Jun. 2014
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"Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar" is an extremely helpful resource. Since 1995 our family has been using this Cantonese Grammar, beginning with the 1st edition. Both the 1st and 2nd editions are a tremendous help to better understand and learn Cantonese. We highly recommend this resource.
The 2nd edition has many improvements and additional material, including Chinese characters in the text examples. However, the print version more clearly displays the Chinese characters & Cantonese phonetics (we are using the Kindle version of the 2nd edition which has some graphics-clarity & phonetic font-typo issues -- in hindsight, we would prefer the print edition).
Let there be no misunderstanding. "Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar" is a tremendous resource. We highly recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand and speak Cantonese.
By Jinzei - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, covers a lot of things that even native speakers have trouble explaining. I don't think you can find a better grammar source than routledge books.
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