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What are the characteristics of the Chinese language?
- It uses characters rather than alphabet letters
- the verbs are not conjugated
- It is a tone language. The same syllable with a different tone (or pitch) is a different word with a different meaning. Mandarin uses four tones, but some dialects of Chinese have more. Cantonese has nine.
- It is almost impossible to deduce pronunciation from the written form of the language, although you may be able to guess at the meaning, as the basis of the written character is a pictogram.
- Chinese verbs do not change to denote tense (or time of the action). Instead they use adverbs and other particles to denote time. For example, where we might say "I went home" Chinese says "I go home" but adds a word such as "yesterday" "already" "before" etc to show that it happened in the past.
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Charles Hockett's proposed design features of a language include the following 6 qualities that have been agreed upon almost universally among linguists: ArbitrarinessSemanti…cityDiscretenessDisplacementProductivityDuality of Patterning Nearly every spoken language: has a grammarhas phonemes (the smallest unit of a spoken word)has morphemes (smallest language unit that has meaning)has syntax (the order and rules of a language)has semantics (the meaning of words or phrases in context)has a spoken versionis social in contextis symbolic and arbitraryis systematic and describable (as in descriptive linguistics)is unique and diverseis learnedis phonetic (pertaining to acoustic properties or pronunciation of speech sounds)has phrases (structures containing more than one word but lacking subject-predicate typical of clausesis a network between words and expressions in a sentenceis dynamic; it changes constantly. Words and meanings may even vary from one generation to the nextis intellectual in natureis conventional and non-instinctive These are characteristics of MANY languages, but does not relate to some African languages, and non spoken languages such as American Sign Language.
No. Chinese is not a language. It is a family of languages, much like West Germanic. There are many different Chinese languages, such as Mandarin (the most widely spoken o…ne), Cantonese (the most spoken in the Western world), Hakka, Taishanese, Taiwanese, and Hokkien. However, when people say "Chinese" they most often mean Mandarin.
language is a dynamic process
There are several, however, Mandarin is considered the standard, followed by Cantonese and then Shanghainese.
The characteristics of the Chinese language is that it islinguistically analytic and isolating. Another characteristic isthat the word units do not change because of inflectio…n.
Different parts of China speak different forms of Chinese. The most common form is Mandarin. Other variations include Wu, Min and Cantonese. Chinese language inclouding mandar…in and kinds of dialect.mandarin also known as Putonghua (which is also the official name in English) 普通话 in the Republic of China. Taiwanese(also spelled Kuo-yü) 國語 in the taiwang, Huayu 华语 in Singapore.Cantonese in HK,Macao and part of guangdong province. The info from www.learnchinese.sg
Ok, well the characteristics of languages....is that, you know every language has a character to its self and the people that speak that language. When you have your own langu…age it's special to you. Also a language may sound funny although they are saying things that you say too just in a different way
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Yes Chinese is a language. The Chinese speak in two different dialects, Mandarin & Cantonese. These two languages have similarites, and major differences aswell. Hope this he…lps! :)
A language is a collection of understatable words both spoken and written
Chinese poetry, for example, are excessively emotional. They are often about nature daily events, and events that the poet thinks is important. The Tang and Song Dynasty were …two golden era of Chinese poems. Poems from the Tang Dynasty are called Tang Shi, while poems from the Song Dynasty are called Song Ci
It is the world's most used language, but mostly just within one country. English is used much more widely in an international sense. Also, Chinese is more difficult to learn.… Chinese people are still learning their own language in high school (Middle School), but English speakers have generally already learned their language by that stage.
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Cantonese (Yue) and Standard Mandarin are both considered Chinese, although China itself has many other languages, sometimes referred to as dialects, within itself.