Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

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Hardly any other language in the world is characterized by such a terminological variance as the "Chinese language". As a consequence persistently ambiguous and one-sided concepts of the term are common, as is a range of similar or related terms, not only in German and in other Western l…

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Kupfer, Peter, “Language”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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