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The Chinese language : fact and fantasy

Author: John De Francis
Publisher: Honolulu : Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2005.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John De Francis
ISBN: 0824808665 9780824808662 0824810686 9780824810689
OCLC Number: 917544558
Description: x, 330 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme
Contents: Inhalt: Preface --
Introduction: The Singlish Affair --
Rethinking "The Chinese Language" --
On Defining "Chinese" and "Language"; A Sketch of Spoken Chinese; Idiolects, Dialects, Regionalects, and Languages --
Rethinking Chinese Characters ; What's in a Name?; From Pictographs to What?; How Do Chinese Characters Represent Sound?; How Do Chinese Characters Convey? --
Demythifying Chinese Characters --
The Ideographic Myth sample chapter; The Universality Myth; The Emulatability Myth; The Monosyllabic Myth; The Indispensability Myth; The Successfulness Myth --
Chinese Language Reform --
Speech Reform; Writing Reform --
Notes --
Glossary --
Suggested Reading --
References --
Index
Responsibility: John DeFrancis.

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