Chinese Lexicography: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911 by Heming Yong

By Heming Yong

This finished account of the heritage of chinese language lexicography is the 1st publication at the topic to be released in English. It lines the improvement of chinese language lexicography over 3 millennia, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the emergence of lexicographical tradition in historical China was once associated with the instructing of old characters, it describes the next improvement of primers, thesauruses, and dictionaries of all significant forms, together with these of dialects and technical phrases. those works originated and seemed in historic China, predating their western opposite numbers by means of 1000s of years: and in a single shape or one other such a lot of them stay in use this present day. all through their account the authors exhibit how adjustments within the association, content material, use and researches of chinese language lexicographical works mirrored broader social and political advancements. This e-book not just makes an enormous and unique contribution to the background of chinese language lexicography and the social and cultural heritage of China but additionally offers illuminating insights into global lexicography and new kinds of comparative researches in lexicography within the worldwide context.

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By Heming Yong

This finished account of the heritage of chinese language lexicography is the 1st publication at the topic to be released in English. It lines the improvement of chinese language lexicography over 3 millennia, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the emergence of lexicographical tradition in historical China was once associated with the instructing of old characters, it describes the next improvement of primers, thesauruses, and dictionaries of all significant forms, together with these of dialects and technical phrases. those works originated and seemed in historic China, predating their western opposite numbers by means of 1000s of years: and in a single shape or one other such a lot of them stay in use this present day. all through their account the authors exhibit how adjustments within the association, content material, use and researches of chinese language lexicographical works mirrored broader social and political advancements. This e-book not just makes an enormous and unique contribution to the background of chinese language lexicography and the social and cultural heritage of China but additionally offers illuminating insights into global lexicography and new kinds of comparative researches in lexicography within the worldwide context.

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He also emphasized that the essence or form instantiates as physical things in that it appears and disappears or it moves and stops. If it stops and appears, its image can be perceived; if it moves and then disappears, its physics can be identiWed. Its nature and spirit exists further and deeper behind the image. What is much truer is not the image but the nature and spirit, which makes it more believable. Since ancient times, its name has permanently adhered to it. As to viewing the countless things in the world, how could we diVerentiate and identify them in terms of their physical appearance?

Zheng’s Epilogue was largely based on Mao’s Exegesis, aiming at complementing and explicating what was obscure or oversimpliWed or putting forward diVerent opinions from those in Mao’s Exegesis.

From then on, these textbooks were incorporated into one book, though not physically, with The exegetic practice and lexicographical works 35 Cangjie Primer (the former Three Cang) as the Wrst volume, The Exegetic Primer as the second volume, and The Pangxi Primer as the third. These three volumes were once again entitled the Three Cang Primer, which later came to be called the Latter Three Cang. All these textbooks were lost, except for The Instant Primer and some parts of The Cangjie Primer. In these textbooks, a lot of common characters were collected and arranged in the light of the categories to which they belonged, which actually acted as the catalyst for the birth of ancient Chinese dictionaries.

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