A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

This Culture ofOurs: Intellectual Transitions in Tang and Sung China. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ... The Origin and Early Development ofthe Chinese Writing System. ... Studies in the Historical Phonology of Asian Languages.

Author: Sharron Gu

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786488278

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Chinese, one of the oldest active languages, evolved over 5,000 years. As such, it makes for a fascinating case study in the development of language. This cultural history of Chinese demonstrates that the language grew and responded to its music and visual expression in a manner very similar to contemporary English and other Western languages. Within Chinese cultural history lie the answers to numerous questions that have haunted scholars for decades: How does language relate to worldview? What would happen to law after its language loses absolute binding power? How do music, visual, and theatrical images influence literature? By presenting Chinese not as a system of signs but as the history of a community, this study shows how language has expanded the scope of Chinese imagination and offers a glimpse into the future of younger languages throughout the world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Early China

Early China

Beautifully illustrated with a wide range of new images, this book is essential reading for all those wanting to know more about the foundations of Chinese history and civilization.

Author: Li Feng

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052171981X

Category: History

Page: 367

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'Early China' refers to the period from the beginning of human history in China to the end of the Han Dynasty in AD 220. The roots of modern Chinese society and culture are all to be found in this formative period of Chinese civilization. Li Feng's new critical interpretation draws on the most recent scholarship and archaeological discoveries from the past thirty years. This fluent and engaging overview of early Chinese civilization explores key topics including the origins of the written language, the rise of the state, the Shang and Zhou religions, bureaucracy, law and governance, the evolving nature of war, the creation of empire, the changing image of art, and the philosophical search for social order. Beautifully illustrated with a wide range of new images, this book is essential reading for all those wanting to know more about the foundations of Chinese history and civilization.
Categories: History

A Cultural History of the Arabic Language

A Cultural History of the Arabic Language

(For additional details of an alternative paradigm applied to the history of another ancient language, please refer to my A Cultural History of the Chinese Language.) Like other ancient languages, the Semitic language emerged and ...

Author: Sharron Gu

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476602943

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This history of literary Arabic describes the evolution of Arabic poetry and prose in the context of music, ritual performance, the arts and architecture. The thousands-of-years-old language is perhaps more highly developed and refined than any other on earth. This book focuses on what is unique about Arabic compared to other major languages of the world (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, English and Spanish) and how the distinct characteristics of Arabic took shape at various points in its history. The book provides a cultural background for understanding social and political institutions and religious beliefs—more influenced by the rhythms and depths of poetic language than other cultures—in the Middle East today.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan

A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan

The present-day links between language and nation in Japan, which often marginalize classical Chinese language and texts, are products of particular historical circumstances which stirred in the Tokugawa period.

Author: Rebekah Clements

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316272688

Category: History

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The translation of texts has played a formative role in Japan's history of cultural exchange as well as the development of literature, and indigenous legal and religious systems. This is the first book of its kind, however, to offer a comprehensive survey of the role of translation in Japan during the Tokugawa period, 1600–1868. By examining a wide range of translations into Japanese from Chinese, Dutch and other European texts, as well as the translation of classical Japanese into the vernacular, Rebekah Clements reveals the circles of intellectual and political exchange that existed in early modern Japan, arguing that, contrary to popular belief, Japan's 'translation' culture did not begin in the Meiji period. Examining the 'crisis translation' of military texts in response to international threats to security in the nineteenth century, Clements also offers fresh insights into the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868.
Categories: History

Chinese Language Thought and Culture

Chinese Language  Thought  and Culture

... Asian Languages , 1980 and 1983 ) , he is the editor of the journal Early China and author of Sources of Western Zhou History : Inscribed Bronze Vessels , as well as various articles on the cultural history of Bronze Age China and ...

Author: [Anonymus AC01644522]

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812693183

Category: History

Page: 359

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This collection of essays by leading sinologists, historians, and philosophers both challenges and extends the work of David Nivison, whose contributions range across moral philosophy, religious thought, intellectual history, and Chinese language. Nivison himself replies to each essay.
Categories: History

A Cultural Dictionary of The Chinese Language

A Cultural Dictionary of The Chinese Language

... (4) Index of entries by their cultural value, (5) A brief chronology of Chinese history (to 1912). Some notes on the compilation of this dictionary This book does not answer to all questions relating to Chinese language and culture.

Author: Liwei Jiao

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000713022

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 142

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A Cultural Dictionary of the Chinese Language introduces the 500 most important cultural traits of the Chinese as reflected in language use, especially in Chinese idioms (chengyu), proverbs and colloquial expressions (suyu). Communicative competence, the ultimate goal of language learning, consists of not only linguistic, but intercultural competence, which enables the language learner to speak with fluency and understanding. The Chinese language is richly imbued with cultural wisdoms and values underlying the appropriateness of idioms in the Chinese language. The Dictionary provides Intermediate and B1-C1 level learners as well as scholars of the Chinese language with an essential reference book as well as a useful cultural reader.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

In addition, Chinese disappointment with Qing military losses convinced many that more radical political, ... into the fray and overzealously concluded that the Qing dynasty, the Chinese language, and tradi— tional culture were doomed.

Author: Benjamin A. Elman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674036484

Category: Science

Page: 326

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In A Cultural History of Modern Science in China, Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom.
Categories: Science

A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China

A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China

State and Society in China: Japanese Perspectives on Ming-Qing Social and Economic History. ... Haeger, John W. “1126–27: Political Crisis and the Integrity of Culture. ... Hansen, Chad D. “Ancient Chinese Theories of Language.

Author: Benjamin A. Elman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520215092

Category: History

Page: 847

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"A very important study of one of the most important institutions in Chinese history, one without which the China we have today would certainly be a vastly different place."—Peter Bol, author of "This Culture of Ours": Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Sung China
Categories: History

A Cultural History Of Classical Chinese Gardens

A Cultural History Of Classical Chinese Gardens

2 A Cultural History of Classical Chinese Gardens The contributions of Chinese gardens to the world culture have long been a research subject for ... The owner is a British professor who does not understand the Chinese language at all.

Author: Yi Wang

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781938368301

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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Gardens are a type of landscape art created by the hands of human beings. Chinese gardens are not only one of China's traditional cultural treasures, but they are also a unique charm of human cultural heritage.Literati gardens occupy an essential position among Chinese gardens — one of the three major genres of gardens in the world. The reason why literati gardens occupy an important position in classical Chinese gardens, and even in the entire system of traditional Chinese culture and art, lies in their exquisite architecture, exotic flowers and whimsical stones available for the exploration and appreciation of the literati. More significantly, gardens have provided a venue of daily life, academic writings, artistic creation, social gatherings, and other cultural activities for ancient Chinese scholars. Consequently, a wealth of traditional Chinese cultural factors is embedded in the intricate art of landscape architecture. The constant integration and interaction of traditional Chinese culture and gardens have in turn nurtured a unique Chinese garden culture.Chinese gardens are a critical embodiment of Chinese culture, distinctly exemplifying the ancient Chinese patriarchal system, the cosmology, the personality ideal, and other cultural elements. The evolution of the cultural history of Chinese gardens is in harmony with the overall process of the Chinese cultural history.This book describes the major genres, the characteristics, and the formation of classical Chinese gardens — as well as the relationship between classical Chinese gardens and classical Chinese culture and arts — in a more succinct, plain language. The publisher believes that this book will certainly provide the reader with an authentic and comprehensive overview of the Chinese garden culture.Published by SCPG Publishing Corporation and distributed by World Scientific for all markets except China
Categories: Architecture

Chinese Lexicography

Chinese Lexicography

Therefore, such an undertaking is of great value in philology, sinology, sociology, and cultural and historical studies ... The history of lexicography in China is closely related to the study of the Chinese language, its characters and ...

Author: Heming Yong

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199539826

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 458

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The first account in English of the history of Chinese lexicography traces its development from 1046 BC to AD 1911. It describes the origins and development of primers, thesauruses, dictionaries of dialects, characters, and technical terms, rhyming dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, and encyclopaedic dictionaries.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism

Piggott stresses that China Sea sphere cultural transmission was multidirectional, and not simply Chinese culture ... and Piggott (2003: 9–10) argue that the China Sea sphere shared, to some extent, “compatibility in written language, ...

Author: William E. Deal

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405167017

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day. Traces each period of Japanese history to reveal the complex and often controversial histories of Japanese Buddhists and their unfolding narratives Examines relevant social, political, and transcultural contexts, and places an emphasis on Japanese Buddhist discourses and material culture Addresses the increasing competition between Buddhist, Shinto, and Neo-Confucian world-views through to the mid-nineteenth century Informed by the most recent research, including the latest Japanese and Western scholarship Illustrates the richness and complexity of Japanese Buddhism as a lived religion, offering readers a glimpse into the development of this complex and often misunderstood tradition
Categories: Religion

The Cambridge History of Ancient China

The Cambridge History of Ancient China

200 B.C. While this is primarily a linguistically slanted presentation , it is important to remain aware of the extent to which language history is intertwined with fundamental issues of cultural history in general .

Author: Michael Loewe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521470307

Category: History

Page: 1148

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The Cambridge History of Ancient China provides a survey of the institutional and cultural history of pre-imperial China.
Categories: History

The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature

The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature

If no nation state formed , literary history of a particular ethnic group often became the affirmation of a cultural history of a “ people , ” tied to a language that justified the possibility of such a state . Although Chinese ...

Author: Kang-i Sun Chang

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521855586

Category: Chinese literature

Page: 1504

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Stephen Owen is James Bryant Conant Professor of Chinese at Harvard University. --Book Jacket.
Categories: Chinese literature

China Networks

China Networks

Dorothee Brieger is studying for a Master's Degree at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. ... Andreas Guder has been responsible for Chinese language education at Freie Universiät Berlin since 2006.

Author: Jens Damm

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643100368

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

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Networks ranging from village level to transnational level have always played a crucial role in Chinese society. The contributors to this volume aim to trace the interaction between various networks which have existed from the 19th century to the present day. The articles deal with theoretical concepts, historical examples, such as non-state responses to the North China Famine (1876 - 1879), the role of missionaries in the modernization of China and disaster management, including recent inter-ethnic business competition in Hong Kong, Han settlers in Xinjiang, temple festivals in Macau and urban migrants' social networks in today's China. By drawing on new material and theoretical frameworks, these studies shed fresh light on the ways in which various forms of networks have shaped Chinese society, while at the same time questioning traditional and rigid perspectives of Chinese society based solely on networks and guanxi.
Categories: Political Science

East Asia in the World

East Asia in the World

Since 1945 the Tokyo dialect has been the standard spoken language and is taught in schools and used in broadcast media. ... Speaking of Chinese: A Cultural History of the Chinese Language. New York: W.W. Norton.

Author: Anne Prescott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317509707

Category: History

Page: 291

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From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this text offers students a fresh, comprehensive, multidisciplinary entry point to East Asia. After a brief introduction to the study of East Asia, the early chapters of the book survey the essentials of East Asian history; important historical narratives; and the region's languages, religions, and global connections. Students are guided through the material with relevant maps, resource boxes, and text boxes that support and guide further independent exploration of the topics at hand. The second half of the book features interdisciplinary case studies, each of which focuses on a specific country or region and a particular issue. Each chapter gives a flavor for the cultural distinctiveness of the particular country yet also draws attention to global linkages. Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of the larger historical, political, and cultural frameworks that shaped East Asia as we know it today, and of current issues that have relevance in Asia and beyond.
Categories: History

Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China

Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China

This isfollowed in Chapter 5by ananalysis ofthe endeavour of the opponents of language reform and cultural linguists ... in the language, will berevitalized andthatyoung Chinese will have accesstothe charter of China«s cultural history ...

Author: Yingjie Guo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134352272

Category: History

Page: 208

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In the vast majority of literature on 'Chinese nationalism' the distinction between nation and state is rarely made, consequently nationalism usually appears as loyalty to the state rather than identification with the nation. Yet, since 1989, both the official configuration of the nation and the state's monopolized right to name the nation have come under rigorous challenge. Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary China relocates the discussion of nationalism to within a more contemporary framework which explores the disjunction between the people and the state and the relationship of each to the nation. With its challenging exploration of one of the most neglected aspects of identity in China, this book should appeal to Asianists, China watchers and all of those with an interest in cultural and sociological phenomena in East Asia.
Categories: History

Chinese History

Chinese History

... An , 678 Archaeology and Language II , 21 Americans and Chinese , 1045 Archaeology of Ancient China , The , 346 , 347 , An International Bibliography , 930 357 Analects , see Lunyu Architecture of Siam : A Cultural History Ancestry ...

Author: Endymion Porter Wilkinson

Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center

ISBN: 0674002490

Category: History

Page: 1181

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Endymion Wilkinson's bestselling manual of Chinese history has long been an indispensable guide to all those interested in the civilization and history of China. In this latest edition, now in a bigger format, its scope has been dramatically enlarged by the addition of one million words of new text. Twelve years in the making, the new manual introduces students to different types of transmitted, excavated, and artifactual sources from prehistory to the twentieth century. It also examines the context in which the sources were produced, preserved, and received, the problems of research and interpretation associated with them, and the best, most up-to-date secondary works. Because the writing of history has always played a central role in Chinese politics and culture, special attention is devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese historiography.
Categories: History

Making Sense of Health Disease and the Environment in Cross Cultural History The Arabic Islamic World China Europe and North America

Making Sense of Health  Disease  and the Environment in Cross Cultural History  The Arabic Islamic World  China  Europe  and North America

These two scholars suggested other ways to proceed in cross-cultural investigation. ... with the following question: “What kinds of distinctions did the Chinese language make in the course of its recorded history within the general ...

Author: Florence Bretelle-Establet

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030190828

Category: Science

Page: 378

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This book has been defined around three important issues: the first sheds light on how people, in various philosophical, religious, and political contexts, understand the natural environment, and how the relationship between the environment and the body is perceived; the second focuses on the perceptions that a particular natural environment is good or bad for human health and examines the reasons behind such characterizations ; the third examines the promotion, in history, of specific practices to take advantage of the health benefits, or avoid the harm, caused by certain environments and also efforts made to change environments supposed to be harmful to human health. The feeling and/or the observation that the natural environment can have effects on human health have been, and are still commonly shared throughout the world. This led us to raise the issue of the links observed and believed to exist between human beings and the natural environment in a broad chronological and geographical framework. In this investigation, we bring the reader from ancient and late imperial China to the medieval Arab world up to medieval, modern, and contemporary Europe. This book does not examine these relationships through the prism of the knowledge of our modern contemporary European experience, which, still too often, leads to the feeling of totally different worlds. Rather, it questions protagonists who, in different times and in different places, have reflected, on their own terms, on the links between environment and health and tries to obtain a better understanding of why these links took the form they did in these precise contexts. This book targets an academic readership as well as an “informed audience”, for whom present issues of environment and health can be nourished by the reflections of the past.
Categories: Science

Powerful Arguments

Powerful Arguments

He researches the intellectual history of late imperial China with a focus on philology, historiography, ... Li Yu 虞莉 is a Professor of Chinese at Williams College, specializing in Chinese language pedagogy and cultural history.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004423626

Category: History

Page: 634

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The essays in Powerful Arguments reconstruct the standards of validity underlying argumentative practices in a wide array of late imperial Chinese discourses, ranging from historiography, philosophy, law and religion to natural studies, literature, and the civil examination system.
Categories: History