Dimensions of Variation in Written Chinese uses a corpus-based, multi-dimensional model to account for variation in written Chinese. Using statistical method and two-dimensional visual representation, it provides a concrete and objective view of the internal variation in written Chinese. This book is a timely work that addresses the growing interest in quantitative genre analysis and how knowledge thus gained can contribute to the teaching as well as understanding of the Chinese language.

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 2|6 pages

Critique of existing literature

chapter 3|10 pages

Corpora and search tools

chapter 7|8 pages

Cross-linguistic comparison with English

chapter 8|19 pages

Case studies

chapter 9|7 pages

Theoretical issues and future directions

chapter 10|4 pages

Practical implications