Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

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The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Cyclical Signs

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Author(s): Adam SMITH
From the beginnings of Chinese literacy in the late 2nd millennium BCE, Chinese time-keeping has employed two sets of cyclical terms among its notational apparatus. One set consists of ten terms, and is referred to here as the 10-cycle (table 1). The second has twelve, and is referred to here as the 12-cycle (table 2). A cycle of sixty terms (here, the 60-cycle, but commonly referred to as the sexagenary or sexagesimal cycle) combines terms from the 10- and 12-cycles in pairs. Beginning with the pair jiǎzǐ 甲子 (the first terms in the 10- and 12-cycles) and repeatedly incrementing …
Date: 2017-03-02