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Author Identification and Dating of Texts
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Identification of Chinese language texts typically manifests itself as ascription of authorship or dating of texts, or both. This has been an ongoing endeavor since the Hàn period. Early Chinese texts were believed to have been collected, transmitted, edited, rearranged, and reproduced often by multiple authors or groups of authors, such that some scholars went so far as to claim that early Chinese texts are “compositional in nature” (Boltz 2005), and that over time some of the classic texts are…

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Hongyin TAO, “Author Identification and Dating of Texts”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000189>
First published online: 2015

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