Well... you know: the best thing to get a manual would be http://www.php.net itself
Some pretty good articles could be found at http://www.zend.com by going to their developers section and taking a look at absolute begginers.
http://www.phpbuilder.com has some tutorials as well
http://www.devshed.com is a bit more advanced and may be usefull to you a little bit later..
There are tons of different books available and some of them could be found for free
http://betah.co.il/books/May2005/Web%20programming%20%20-%20OReilly%20-%20Learning%20PHP%205.rar is something that might be usefull...
the basix syntax is pretty easy to understand:
all php code is placed between PHP tags <?php and ?> there is an alternative to <?php called php short tag and it looks like this: <?
but on some servers those short tags might not be allowed..
all the variables are starting with $ sign. You will also need to put ; at the end of each opertaion. The syntax is simmilar to C++ and C# but you dont need to define the variable type as php will dot hat for you:
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$var = "Hello there!";
if( $var != "" )
echo ("This is your variables value: ".$var);
echo ("Please define a variable");
All of this is really nothing and hard to understand so please take a look at those links i gave you as they might become usefull