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Traditionally, linguistics only had a service function, i.e. as a supplementary science for the analysis of the canonical scriptures. The actual research on grammar and the description of the language in a modern sense did not set in until the end of the 19th century and was influenced by the West. Most linguists of the first half of the 20th century were introduced to Western linguistic theories during their studies abroad (first in Japan: Zhang Binglin, Liu Shipei, Hu Yilu, Chen Wangdao, Fang …

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Kaden, Klaus, “Linguistics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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