Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Chinese Linguistics

Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (CTI105)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course provides the students with a general knowledge of the characteristics of the Chinese language. Various linguistic features of Chinese language in terms of phonetics, phonology, semantics and syntax will be introduced. It is designed to promote a strong understanding of the structures and systems of Chinese language. The course also explores rhetorical structures of Chinese language. Students are given opportunity to analyze the phonetic, semantic and syntactic features of Singapore Chinese Language. Each study unit comes with activities and exercises to engage the students and enhance their understanding of the linguistic concepts. The course builds a strong foundation in Chinese language and prepares the students for further studies in translation.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • The Introduction & Phonetic Features of Chinese Language
  • The words and phrases of Chinese Language
  • Chinese grammar (I)
  • Chinese grammar (II)
  • The characteristics of Singapore Chinese
  • Rhetoric Structure of Chinese Language

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the basic linguistic features of the modern Chinese language in terms of phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax and rhetoric styles. (B2)
  • Identify the special characteristics of the Chinese language in the Singapore context. (B1)
  • Recognize good Chinese phrases and sentences and differentiate them from inappropriate Chinese phrases and sentences (B2)
  • Indicate inappropriate Chinese phrases and sentences and develop the improved versions (B3)
  • Write Chinese sentences in compliance with linguistic features that conform to those in Chinese language. (B1)
  • Demonstrate competence in analyzing Chinese texts linguistically (B3)
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