Chinese Linguistics in the German Speaking World
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1. Developments up to World War II

The early China scholars derived most of their knowledge from the reports of the Jesuit missionaries; without teachers and textbooks, they tried to acquire a command of the language. They were puzzled by the Chinese script which was considered related to the Egyptian hieroglyphs, a view that had some influence until the end of the 18th century. Scholarly langu…

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Hartmut WALRAVENS and Wolfgang BEHR, “Chinese Linguistics in the German Speaking World”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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