Sino-Xenic Readings
(2,603 words)

Following Martin (1953:4), the term Sino-Xenic (SX) has come to be used to refer collectively to Sino-Japanese (SJ), Sino-Korean (SK), and Sino-Vietnamese (SV), that is, to the respective reading traditions of Chinese characters as well as the corresponding lexical layers of loanwords in Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. While the latter have played a major role in the formation of the modern lexicons of these languages, this article will only discuss the former in some detail. The existence of …

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Sven OSTERKAMP, “Sino-Xenic Readings”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 26 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000388>
First published online: 2015



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