Speaking of Chinese: A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

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"This pleasant, unpretentious account [is] a small stream leading to the ocean of the culture of China."—Scientific AmericanNot a how-to text, this beguiling book is instead a fascinating look at Chinese language and culture. Ranging through history, literature, folklore, linguistics, and sociology, this is a breezy, straightforward primer of surprising breadth.
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Overview

"This pleasant, unpretentious account [is] a small stream leading to the ocean of the culture of China."—Scientific AmericanNot a how-to text, this beguiling book is instead a fascinating look at Chinese language and culture. Ranging through history, literature, folklore, linguistics, and sociology, this is a breezy, straightforward primer of surprising breadth.
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Scientific American
This pleasant, unpretentious account [is] a small stream leading to the ocean of the culture of China.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393321876
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,493,440
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Chang is a professor of chemisty at Williams College. He is the author of the widely read textbook Chemisty.

Margaret Scrogin Chang teaches at Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Speaking of Chinese 3
2 Written Chinese 12
3 Spoken Chinese 34
4 It All Started With Dragon Bones: A Short History of the Chinese Language 50
5 Domestic Chinese 76
6 Old Wisdom, New Technology, and the Chinese Language 101
7 Chinese Calligraphy 129
Appendix 1 Chronological Chart of Chinese Dynasties 180
Appendix 2 Some Common Radicals 185
Appendix 3 Birth Years and Characteristics of the Twelve Animal Signs 191
Bibliography 195
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