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Does anyone know where I can find a descriptive grammar and a generative grammar of Mandarin, in English or French?

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The best I know of is Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars) by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington.

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There are quite a lot of Chinese grammar books. I have got one here:

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide
by Claudia Ross and Jing-heng Sheng Ma
现代汉语实用语法
ISBN: 9780415700108

Sold in Amazon ranging from $30 to $100.

EDIT: Tens of various grammar books are listed in Chinese Grammar Wiki. The one above is included.

  • Thank you, I will try to find it at my university's library. I will try to give you my feedback as soon as possible! – Jonathan Mondaut Oct 21 '15 at 17:16
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Chinese Grammar Wiki

http://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/

There are a lot websites about Chinese grammar online, just google for it.

I have a copy of 外国人实用汉语语法, I would say it is a excellent book, but the one I have is of an old edition. Here is the revised edition:

外国人实用汉语语法(修订本)(中英文对照) A PRACTICAL CHINESE GRAMMAR FOR FOREIGNERS(Revised Edition) (In both English and Chinese)

http://www.amazon.cn/%E5%A4%96%E5%9B%BD%E4%BA%BA%E5%AE%9E%E7%94%A8%E6%B1%89%E8%AF%AD%E8%AF%AD%E6%B3%95-%E6%9D%8E%E5%BE%B7%E6%B4%A5/dp/B001J0ADWA

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    Well actually, I was more looking for something wrote by linguists. Like descriptive or generative grammar, it is a different approach of the language and most of the time way different than prescriptive grammar. But actually your website seems cool for learning purpose. – Jonathan Mondaut Oct 21 '15 at 5:09
  • Updated my answer with a link to a Chinese grammar book. – 孤影萍踪 Oct 21 '15 at 17:45
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Chinese grammar is a bogus. if you went through a grammar book, you will find many rules, and exceptions as many as (if not more than) rules

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