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Western Views of the Chinese Language
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Western approaches to the Chinese language have gone through several phases. Some firsthand information about the Chinese language and writing system reached Europe in the 13th century. European views of Chinese were largely shaped by 16th and 17th century missionary accounts, some of which were translated into several European languages and distributed in dif…

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Mariarosaria GIANNINOTO and Giorgio CASACCHIA, “Western Views of the Chinese Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000449>
First published online: 2015

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