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A cultural history of the Chinese language

Author: Sharron Gu
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Co., 2011.
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Chinese, one of the oldest active languages, evolved over 5,000 years. As such, it makes for a fascinating case study in the development of language. This cultural history of Chinese demonstrates that the language grew and responded to its music and visual expression in a manner very similar to contemporary English and other Western languages. Within Chinese cultural history lie the answers to numerous questions  Read more...
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Gu, Sharron
A Cultural History of the Chinese Language
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharron Gu
ISBN: 9780786488278 0786488271
OCLC Number: 772844944
Description: 1 online resource (v, 264 p.)
Contents: Music, dance and the sound of poetry. Music, dance and words --
From pictures and graphs to words --
The music of poetry --
Painting, theatre and the imagery of poetry. History of painting --
Imagery and narrative of nature --
Rhythm and imagery of feeling --
Poetry on stage --
A few final words.
Responsibility: Sharron Gu.

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Chinese, one of the oldest active languages, evolved over 5,000 years. As such, it makes for a fascinating case study in the development of language. This cultural history of Chinese demonstrates that the language grew and responded to its music and visual expression in a manner very similar to contemporary English and other Western languages. Within Chinese cultural history lie the answers to numerous questions that have haunted scholars for decades: How does language relate to worldview? What would happen to law after its language loses absolute binding power? How do music, visual, and theatrical images influence literature? By presenting Chinese not as a system of signs but as the history of a community, this study shows how language has expanded the scope of Chinese imagination and offers a glimpse into the future of younger languages throughout the world.

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It is a very good work

by m2n194 (WorldCat user published 2012-08-31) Excellent Permalink

The author's main idea is that Chinese language is heavily impacted by the historical development of other forms of expression such as literature, dance, music, and theater. She skillfully explores the relationship between and among these media and sketches a compelling framework that can ignite...
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