A History of the Chinese Language

A History of the Chinese Language

By: Hongyuan Dong (author)Paperback

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A History of the Chinese Language provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of Chinese language development, covering crucial aspects such as phonology, syntax and semantics. Features include: * Coverage of the key historical stages in Chinese language development, such as Old Chinese, Middle Chinese, Early Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese and Modern Standard Chinese * Treatment of core linguistic aspects of the Chinese language including phonological changes, grammatical development, lexical evolution, vernacular writing, Chinese characters and Modern Chinese dialects * Inclusion of many authentic Chinese legends and texts throughout the book, presented through a rigorous framework of linguistic analysis to help students to build up strong critical and evaluative skills and acquire valuable cultural knowledge * Integration of materials from different disciplines, such as archaeology, anthropology, history and sociolinguistics, to highlight the cultural and social background of each period of the language * Helpful appendices to aid students with no prior knowledge of linguistics or the Chinese language * Companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/dong offering a wealth of supplementary resources such as additional exercises, answer keys and audio recordings of the sounds of Middle and Old Chinese. Written by a highly experienced instructor, A History of the Chinese Language will be an essential resource for beginning students of Chinese Language and Linguistics and for anyone interested in the history and culture of China.

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Hongyuan Dong is Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics at The George Washington University, USA.


Preface. List of tables List of figures 1. A Walk Through Time: General Introduction 2. A Tale of Two Tribes: Prehistory 3. Thus Spake Confucius: Sounds of Old Chinese 4. Poetically they dwelt: Sounds of Middle Chinese 5. Marco Polo's Phrasebook: Sounds of Early Modern Chinese 6. Philosophy and History: Classical Chinese 7. Literature and Religion: Vernacular Writing 8. In Other Words: vocabulary change 9. One for all: Modern Standard Chinese 10. Celebration of Diversity: Modern Chinese Dialects 11. The Legend of Cangjie: Chinese characters References Appendices I-V Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780415660402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 218
  • ID: 9780415660402
  • weight: 385
  • ISBN10: 0415660408

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