Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Subject: Language and Linguistics

Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

Early Release Version: content being added regularly, expected completion Fall 2016.

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Jièbǐzì 借筆字 (Stroke-Borrowing Characters)

(202 words)

Author(s): Olivier VENTURE
The term jièbǐzì 借筆字 (also jièbǐwén 借筆文), or ‘stroke-borrowing characters’, usually designates Chinese characters in which some strokes are shared by different components, or, more often, it refers to aggregated characters ( héwén 合文) that share single strokes or even entire components. Although this kind of graphical simplification was already noticed by Qīng dynasty scholars (like Ruǎn Yuán 阮元 and Sūn Yìràng 孫詒讓), the first specialized articles dedicated to this topic were only published at the beginning of the 21st century (Wú 2000:308–337; Liú 2001:397–410). The table below …
Date: 2016-11-09

Jìn 晉 Dialects

(4,163 words)

Author(s): Ming SHEN
Jìn 晉 can be defined as the group of dialects spoken in Shānxī and its surrounding areas that preserves the entering ( 入) tone (Lǐ Róng 1985). These dialects used to be considered part of the Mandarin dialect group, but in the last several decades many scholars have considered them separate from Mandarin because of a number of unique features. 1. The Geographic Distribution of Jìn and Its Sub-Dialects According to the statistics in Zhōnghuá rénmín gònghéguó xíngzhèng qūhuà jiǎncè 中华人民共和国行政区划简册 (ZRGM 2004),over 62 million people currently use Jìn. Among them, nearly 24 mi…
Date: 2016-11-09