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The Key to Chinese Civilization
The Explication and Exploration of Chinese Characters

  • Dekuan Huang - Professor, School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, Beijing


August 2018 | 428 pages | SAGE India

The Key to Chinese Civilization: The Explication and Exploration of Chinese Characters is a fascinating guide to the history of the Chinese civilization, which has been recorded not just by means of the Chinese characters but also in the characters themselves. It studies the long history of Chinese characters, the laws of their construction and development, and what their correct interpretation can mean for contemporary communication. The Chinese writing system, vastly different from phonetic alphabet systems and the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world, is dynamic and its evolution reveals much about the historical and sociocultural development of China. 

The book shows how the interpretation of the cultural connotation of Chinese characters is necessary, even crucial, though it is a daunting task. It proposes a scientific method for this kind of interpretation and gives elaborate examples. Authored by an expert in philology and palaeography, the book is written in simple language and will be of great help to Chinese language enthusiasts.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Part 1: Formation and Evolution
 
The Formation and Evolution of Chinese Characters
 
The Main Body of Chinese Characters: The Pictophonetic Structure
 
Part 2: Textual Analysis and Interpretation
 
Method and Practice: The Explication of Ancient Chinese Characters
 
The Cultural Interpretation of Chinese Characters
 
Part 3: Norm and Research
 
The Normalization of Chinese Characters and Philological Life
 
The Research of Chinese Characters: Past and Future

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Dekuan Huang

Dekuan Huang is Professor, School of Humanities, Tsinghua University. He is a former president of Anhui University and the Chairman of the Chinese Writing Society. He completed his PhD in Chinese paleography from Jilin University, China, and has been engaged in the study of Chinese language and characters for around three decades. He is also Deputy Director of Unearthed Research and Protection Centre, Tsinghua University. By unearthing and explicating many important documents, he has made a major contribution to the study of the Chinese civilization. He has many publications to his credit, for example, A History of Chinese Philology,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352806744
₹1,495.00