A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

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McFarland, Dec 22, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 270 pages
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's one of those books that's pressing an argument that really ought to be pressed to academics targeted at the general public. There's a lot of details here, but it's in service of a controversial ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Music Dance and the Sound of Poetry
11
Painting Theatre and the Imagery of Poetry
87
Chapter Notes
213
Bibliography
221
Index
261
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Sharron Gu, the author of several books in international law, has traveled the world for thirty years to research different cultures and languages. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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