Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (语言学概论)

Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (语言学概论) (CLC212)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CLC212 sheds light on the basic theories and concepts of Chinese linguistics, including phonetics, lexicology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics thinking, etc. Through this course, students will have a general knowledge of linguistics, and through the acquired knowledge, they will deepen their understanding of the Chinese language and enhance their ability to examine and analyze language phenomena in society.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction
  • The function of language
  • Language as a system of symbols
  • Tone and Phonology
  • Grammar
  • Semantics and pragmatics
  • Text and the written language
  • The evolution and differentiation of languages
  • Contact linguistics
  • Evolution of language systems
  • Conclusion

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the basic theories and concepts of Chinese linguistics
  • Illustrate the relationship between language and society, and the structure of language
  • Examine the nature of Chinese characters and their relationship to language
  • Analyze common grammatical phenomena
  • Describe the development and evolution of language
  • Apply knowledge learnt to understand language phenomena in our society
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