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China : empire of the written symbol

Author: Cecilia Lindqvist
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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The origins of Chinese ideographs were not known until 1899, when a scholar went to an apothecary for some medicine made of "dragon bone." To his surprise, the bone, which had not yet been ground into powder, contained a number of carved inscriptions. Thus began the exploration of the 3000-year-old sources of the written characters still used in China today. In this book, the author tells the story of these  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecilia Lindqvist
ISBN: 9780306816093 0306816091
OCLC Number: 244392483
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Notes: Translation of: Tecknens rike.
Description: 424 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
Contents: Oracle bones and bronzes --
Man, mankind --
Water and mountains --
Wild animals --
Domestic animals --
Carts, roads, and boats --
Farming --
Wine and jars --
Hemp and silk --
Bamboo and trees --
Roofs and houses --
Books and musical instruments --
Numbers and other abstract characters --
Meaning and sound --
Empire of living symbols --
Character stroke count.
Other Titles: Tecknens rike.
China, empire of living symbols
Responsibility: Cecilia Lindqvist ; translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate ; foreword by Michael Loewe.

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Guardian 7/5/08 "An evocative, compelling celebration of language as a carrier of culture." Toronto Globe & Mail 7/5/08 "[A] delightful cultural and linguistic history." Boston Globe "Deserve[s] Read more...

 
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