Proposal for a Transcription of Chinese Characters in the Study of Early Chinese Language and Literature

In: Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics
Author: Nathan W. Hill1,2
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  • 1 soas, University of London,
  • | 2 倫敦大學亞非學院
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This paper outlines the pitfalls of the current anachronistic practice of transcribing early Chinese documents by identifying each character with a kǎishū 楷書 equivalent. In its place, I suggest a way of transliterating characters directly, by rendering into roman letters the phonetic and semantic information encoded by a character. (This article is in English.)

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