New Terms for New Ideas: Western Knowledge and Lexical Change in Late Imperial China

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Michael Lackner, Iwo Amelung, Joachim Kurtz
BRILL, 2001 - History - 456 pages
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This volume is about the lasting impact of new (Western) notions on the 19th and early 20th century Chinese language; their invention, spread and standardization. Reaching beyond the mere cataloguing of the thousands of lexical innovations in this period of change, the essays explore the multiple ways in which initially alien notions were naturalized in Chinese scientific and political discourse. Topics examined range from preconceptions about the capacity of the Chinese language to accommodate foreign ideas, the formation of specific nomenclatures and the roles of individual translators, to Chinese and European attempts at coming to terms with each other's grammar. By systematically analysing and assessing the lexical adaptation of Western notions in Chinese contexts, the book will serve as a valuable reference work for all those interested in the historical semantics of modern China.
 

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Contents

SO CLUMSY A MEDIUM
4
On Preconceptions
15
Language Contact and Lexical Innovation
35
The Translation
69
The Transition from
95
The Notions of Power and Rights in Chinese
125
The Naturalization
147
An Inquiry into the History of the Chinese Terms
177
Natural Philosophy Physics and Metaphysics in the Thought
257
A New Inquiry into the Translation of Chemical Terms
271
The Creation of Technical Terms in EnglishChinese
287
Culture Crossing
305
Some Reflections on the Sources of the Mashi wentong
341
Daoan 314385
357
Works Cited
411
Index
449

The Introduction of Western Mechanics
197
Yan Fu and the Tasks of the Translator
235

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About the author (2001)

Michael Lackner, Ph.D. (1985), University of Munich, is Chair of Chinese Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Iwo Amelung, Ph.D. (1999), Free University of Berlin, is Researcher in the History of Chinese Studies and Technology at Technical University Berlin. Joachim Kurtz, M.A., is Researcher in Chinese Studies at the University of Gottingen.

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