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Durham University

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Publication details for Mr Don Starr

2009 (co-authored with Barnes, Archie & Ormerod, Graham) Du’s Handbook of Classical Chinese Grammar, Alcuin Academics, 168 pp.
  • Publication type: Authored book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 978-1904623748

Author(s) from Durham


The core of this handbook for Classical Chinese grammar was wriiten by Archie Barnes, Head of the Chinese Department at Durham University (1961-1984). It was used for over 30 years by the university's Classical Chinese undergraduates. It has been significantly reworked and expanded for publication by Don Starr (Spalding Lecturer in Chinese Language and Civilisation at Durham University) and Graham Ormerod (a former Modern/Classical Chinese student). It has been complemented by new sections on Exposure, Interrogatives and Function Characters. A dictionary and index are also provided, as well as five annotated stories from Mrs Y.C. Liu's "Fifty Chinese Stories". This version uses original Chinese character texts, 'trots' (a translation of each character in context together with its pinyin transcription), comprehensive footnotes, and a full translation into English.