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Westernization of Chinese Grammar
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Westernized grammatical innovations in Chinese were largely the result of large-scale translation of Western texts beginning in the late nineteenth century. Translations into Chinese were done primarily via Japanese translations of those texts or directly from English, but also from other European languages. Because the overwhelming majority of Chinese university students going abroad studied in Japan, Japanese lexical and grammatical features used to translate Western texts came to dominate Chi…

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Edward GUNN, “Westernization of Chinese Grammar”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000450>
First published online: 2015

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