Cantonese: a comprehensive grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars) Paperback – 13 Dec 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.