Unless I'm mistaken, this sentence translates to "Does your Sun Yatsen University have this course in linguistics?" From DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 271 – Lesson 23, Exercise 3, Item 3.

  • Could you please specify where you think it's ungrammatical?
    – lilysirius
    Commented Feb 25, 2022 at 22:08

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it is correct, it means "Does your Sun Yatsen University have this course that called linguistics?"





People I asked are a bit wary of 语言学. "Is that really a subject??"


I think your confusion point may be on the 你們 part. The 你們 here is similar to 'you' in English expressions such as 'You fool' or 'You people'.

The 你們 here is not possessive but an acknowledgement/emphasis of the association between the listener and the true target entity.

Similar usage: 你們 德國人 真 聰明 (You Germans sure are brilliant)

However, please note this is different from cases such as 你們 公司 真 好 (Your company is damn awesome)

The difference is 'company' is generic, but 'Germans' and 'Sun Yatsen University' are specific. However, do pay attention to what the generic entity is referring to, if the generic entity is referring to a group of people to which the listener belongs, it is also not possessive. Such case can be 你們 這些人 真 壞 (You people are pretty awful)

語言學這科 cannot be translated as 'this course in linguistics' but 'the linguistics course'. 科 here is the 'course'/'subject', 這 here is to specify the 科 is referring to 語言學

The whole sentence means:

Does (your uni,) the Sun Yatsen University offer linguistics courses?

Since 'you Sun Yatsen University' is not a proper expression in English, it is omitted.


Thanks for the input! This sentence is similar to 「你們學校有考古學這科嗎?」 from DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 276 – Lesson 23, Exercise 4, Item 4, Line 4.

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    This is not an answer to the question, so it would be better if you left a comment to whomever this was directed.
    – Olle Linge
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 8:33

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