Posted here (downloadable Word document above) are excerpts from the following book which I have just now been rereading:
The Chinese Language, Third Edition
By R. A. D. Forrest, M.A.
London: Faber And Faber Ltd, 1973
It is a book which I discovered in my college library and read avidly then. (On my own. It was not assigned for a course.)
If you love languages — and love learning about them, as I do — you will find it fascinating. Forrest writes beautifully and displays great erudition.
I do not know any Chinese. I do have the opportunity, which I value, to get acquainted with Chinese people in New York City and to observe certain notable characteristics which might be inferred about their native language, such as when (to give just one example) they confuse the masculine and feminine singular pronoun.
— posted by Roger W, Smith