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Mǎshì wéntōng 馬氏文通
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The first grammar of Chinese written in Chinese, entitled Mǎshì wéntōng 馬氏文通, was published in 1898; the original woodblock edition of that year was superseded by the moveable-types edition of 1904. The presently accepted view is that it was compiled by Mǎ Jiànzhōng 馬建忠 (1845–1900). The title is mostly translated as Basic Principles for Writing Clearly and Coherently by Mister , based on Mair (1997:20). Literally, wén tōng mea…

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Lukáš ZÁDRAPA, “Mǎshì wéntōng 馬氏文通”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000286>
First published online: 2016

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