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Yànyǔ 諺語
(3,863 words)

1. Definition 

Yànyǔ 諺語 is “a fixed sentence, prevailing among the common people, which in simple words expresses a profound truth” (Xiàndài Hànyǔ Cídiǎn 2005:1573). The term yànyǔ was taken to be the equivalent of English ‘proverb’, French proverbe and German Sprichwort by Guō (1925:5). Rohsenow (2003:xiii) gives an extended definition: “Yànyǔ, or ‘proverbs’ … are fundamentally an oral form consisting of complete sent…

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Victoria BOGUSHEVSKAYA, “Yànyǔ 諺語”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000469>
First published online: 2015

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