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The Key to Chinese Civilization

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

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

August 2018 | 428 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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.

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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ISBN: 9789352806744