Analysis of Chinese Characters
Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1974 - Foreign Language Study - 364 pages
Far and away the most useful analysis of characters for both beginning and intermediate students. 1,000 most important characters are analyzed according to primitives, phonetics, and historical development. Traditional method offers mnemonic aid to students of Chinese and Japanese languages.
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A great book full of one or two paragraph vignettes on the history and meaning of individual Chinese characters. Many characters are built upon other characters, thus a history of the culture is in some ways present in the structure of the language.
Very readable, wonderfully done.