Chinese Lexicography: A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byHeming Yong, Jing Peng, Bing Tian

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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 theemergence 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 inancient 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 thesocial 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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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 theemergence of lexicographical culture in ancient C...

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 Communicat...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.26 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539820

ISBN - 13:9780199539826

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IntroductionPart I The Pioneering and Emergence of Lexicographical Culture in Ancient China (from Zhou to Han Dynasty)1. The Emergence of Lexicographical Culture in China2. The Progress of Exegetic Practice and the Advent of Lexicographical Work in China3. Historian Zhou's Primer: the Source of Lexicographic Culture in China4. The Ready Guide: the Initiator of Thesaurus Dictionary in China5. The Dictionary of Dialectal Words: the Beginning of Dialect Dictionary n China6. An Explanatory Dictionary of Chinese Characters: the Genesis of Character Dicionary in China7. The Dictionary of Chinese Characters and Terms: the Beginning of Etymological Dictionary in China8. Theoretical Inquiries into Lexicographical Issues in Ancient China: A SurveyPart II The Exploration and Cultivation of Lexicography in China (from Wei to Yuan Dynasty)1. An Overview of Chinese Lexicographic Culture During the Period of Exploration and Cultivation2. The Development of Chinses Character Dictionary3. The Development of Chinese Word Dictionary4. Classefied Dictionaries: the Encyclopedic Dictionary in Ancient China5. A Special Dictionary Type in Ancient China: Rhyme DictionaryPart III The Reform and Shaping of Lexicography in China (from Ming to Qing Dynasty)1. An Insight into Lexicographical Culture in the Ming and Qing Dynasties2. The Formation of Character Dictionaries in China3. The Formation of Chinese Word Dictionaries4. The Evolution and Reformation of Special and Encyclopedic Dictionaries in China5. Te Evolution and Formation of Rhyme Dictionaries in the Ming and Qing DynastiesPart IV Chinese Bilingual Lexicography: A Brief SketchAppendix