Chinese Lexicography: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911 [NOOK Book]

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This comprehensive account of the history of Chinese lexicography is the first book on the subject to be published in English. It traces the development of Chinese lexicography over three millennia, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the emergence of lexicographical culture in ancient China was linked to the teaching of ancient characters, it describes the subsequent development of primers, thesauruses, and dictionaries of all major types, including those of ...
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Chinese Lexicography: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911

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Overview


This comprehensive account of the history of Chinese lexicography is the first book on the subject to be published in English. It traces the development of Chinese lexicography over three millennia, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the emergence of lexicographical culture in ancient China was linked to the teaching of ancient characters, it describes the subsequent development of primers, thesauruses, and dictionaries of all major types, including those of dialects and technical terms. These works originated and appeared in ancient China, predating their western counterparts by hundreds of years: and in one form or another most of them remain in use today.
Throughout their account the authors show how changes in the organization, content, use and researches of Chinese lexicographical works reflected broader social and political developments. This book not only makes an important and original contribution to the history of Chinese lexicography and the social and cultural history of China but also provides illuminating insights into world lexicography and new forms of comparative researches in lexicography in the global context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191561672
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/14/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author



Heming Yong, MA (Suzhou University), PhD (Macquarie University), has been a visiting scholar in The University of Massachusetts and senior research fellow in Oxford University. He is currently Professor of English in Guangdong University of Business Studies, China. His many publications include Bilingual Lexicography from a Communicative Perspective (co-authored with Jing Peng, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007) and A Contemporary Dictionary of English Prepositions (chief editor, Yiwen Publishing House, Shanghai, China). Jing Peng, BA (Xi'an Jiaotong University), MA (University of Southampton), is currently director of Business English Department at the Guangdong University of Business Studies. Her research focuses on bilingual lexicography, historical lexicography, and business English studies. Her major publications include Bilingual Lexicography from a Communicative Perspective (co-authored with Heming Yong, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007) and A Contemporary Dictionary of English Prepositions (associate chief editor, Yiwen Publishing House, Shanghai, China).
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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Introduction

1 Introduction 3

Pt. II The Genesis and Emergence of Lexicographical Culture and Works in Ancient China (from the Zhou Dynasty, 1046 B.C.-256 B.C. to the Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-A.D. 220)

2 The emergence of lexicographical culture in China 15

3 The progress of exegetic practice and the advent of lexicographical works in China 29

4 Historian Zhou's Primer - the source of lexicographical culture in China 44

5 The Ready Guide - the initiator of thesaurus dictionaries in China 59

6 The Dictionary of Dialectal Words - the beginnings of dialect dictionaries in China 76

7 An Explanatory Dictionary of Chinese Characters - the origin of character dictionaries in China 95

8 The Dictionary of Chinese Characters and Terms - the inception of etymological dictionaries in China 114

9 Theoretical inquiries into lexicographical issues in ancient China: a survey 134

Pt. III The Exploration and Cultivation of Lexicography in China (from the Wei Dynasty, 220-265 to the Yuan Dynasty, 1206-1368)

10 An overview of Chinese lexicographical culture during the period of exploration and cultivation 155

11 The development of Chinese character dictionaries 176

12 The development of Chinese word dictionaries 205

13 Classified dictionaries - the encyclopedic dictionary in ancient China 223

14 Rhyme dictionaries - a special dictionary type in ancient China 237

Pt. IV The Reform and Shaping of Lexicography in China (from the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 to the Qing Dynasty, 1616-1911)

15 An insight into lexicographical culture in the Ming and Qing Dynasties 259

16 The formation of Chinese character dictionaries 280

17 The formation of Chineseword dictionaries 298

18 The evolution and reformation of special and encyclopedic dictionaries in China 319

19 The evolution and formation of rhyme dictionaries in the Ming and Qing Dynasties 347

Pt. V Chinese Bilingual Lexicography: A Brief Overview (from the Tang Dynasty, 618-907 to the Qing Dynasty, 1616-1911)

20 The origin and emergence of Chinese bilingual lexicography 367

21 The archetype and evolution of Chinese bilingual dictionaries 372

22 Ethnic minority languages and their bilingual dictionaries 376

23 Religious preaching from the West and Chinese bilingual dictionary compilation 384

24 Chinese government establishments and Chinese bilingual dictionary compilation 391

25 The characteristics and influence of early Chinese bilingual dictionaries 399

App. I List of book titles from English to Chinese with English titles arranged in alphabetical order 403

App. II List of book titles from Chinese to English with Chinese titles arranged in Pinyin order 422

App. III [actual symbol not reproducible] / The chronology of Chinese history 445

Bibliography 447

Websites 452

Index of Chinese names 453

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