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By Heming Yong,Jing Peng

This accomplished account of the historical past of chinese language lexicography is the 1st publication at the topic to be released in English. It lines the advance of chinese language lexicography over 3 millennia, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the emergence of lexicographical tradition in historic China used to be associated with the educating of old characters, it describes the following improvement of primers, thesauruses, and
dictionaries of all significant forms, together with these of dialects and technical phrases. those works originated and seemed in historical China, predating their western opposite numbers by means of 1000's of years: and in a single shape or one other such a lot of them stay in use today.

Throughout their account the authors convey how adjustments within the association, content material, use and researches of chinese language lexicographical works mirrored broader social and political advancements. This booklet not just makes an immense and unique contribution to the heritage of chinese language lexicography and the social and cultural background of China but in addition offers illuminating insights into international lexicography and new kinds of comparative researches in lexicography within the worldwide context.

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