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Punctuation, Modern
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Modern Chinese punctuation (xīnshì biāodiǎn fúhào 新式標點符號) uses a combination of signs introduced from the West and those derived from the indigenous Chinese tradition. The currently adopted set of punctuation marks evolved in parallel to the standard written vernacular Chinese (báihuà 白話), taking shape in the debates of intellectuals starting from the late Qīng Dynasty and peaking aro…

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Anna STRYJEWSKA, “Punctuation, Modern”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000285>
First published online: 2016

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