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Dialects, Premodern
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1. Pre-Qín (221–206 BCE) and Hàn (202 BCE–220 CE) Times

There has always been linguistic and dialectal variation within the Sinitic language group. This is something ancient books, such as Lǐjì 禮記 (Book of Rites, at least as old as the Hàn dynasty), already ma…

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Shangfang ZHENGZHANG, “Dialects, Premodern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000340>
First published online: 2015



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