The writing is concise and lucid; and much of it is accessible to laymen.
Instead, one must look in the 'Notes' section at the back of the book where he includes annotated references for each chapter.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested Chinese, China, minority languages, and language classification in general.
I had to purchase this book for my Chinese Linguistics class, since the author (Ramsey) is a professor at my university, and it is probably still one of the most useful books when... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Corbin
This book is basically good, but dated. (It was written in 1986.) As I was looking through the books that I have bought, I realize that I bought this book 3 years ago and needed to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lemas Mitchell
it is a general survey that touches upon many things but without enough detail on anything. The unique thing about this book is that it describes a lot of non-Chinese languages in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by dhydavid
This survey of languages used in China -- from spoken to written Chinese, the different Han dialects, and ethnic minority languages -- gives excellent coverage on its topics, and... Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Gadgester