An Overview of Western Sinologists’ Studies of Chinese Paleography (西方漢學家中國古文字研究概要)

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This essay, the first chapter in the author’s Xifang Hanxue chutu wenxian yanjiu gaiyao 西方漢學出土文獻研究概要 (Essentials of Western Sinology’s Research on Unearthed Documents), provides a survey of Western Sinology’s research on Chinese paleography from the time of the first such study (1881) through 2015. The survey includes especially the following topics: general discussions of Chinese paleography and/or unearthed documents, the origins of Chinese writing and its social functions, the nature of Chinese writing, methodological studies, and reference works, but does not cover studies of ancient Chinese grammar or phonology.

摘要這篇文章是作者著《西方漢學出土文獻研究概要》第一章,就 1881 年到 2015年間西方漢學對中國出土文獻與古文字研究成果作概括的論述,分成下列題目:中國出土文獻與古文字學綜論、中國文字的起源及其社會作用、中國文字的性質、古文字學方法論、古文字學參考書,但是不包括相關的古代漢語語法研究和古代漢語音韻學。

An Overview of Western Sinologists’ Studies of Chinese Paleography (西方漢學家中國古文字研究概要)

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    Yi Hou Nie gui and Barnard’s transcription. From: Noel Barnard, “New Approaches and Research Methods in Chin-Shih-Hsüeh,” Tōyō bunka kenkyūjo kiyō 東洋文化研究所紀要 (Tokyo) 19 (1959), 11 (left) and p. 9 (right).

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    The character zhui. From: Noel Barnard, “Chou China: A Review of the Third Volume of Cheng Te-k’un’s Archaeology in China,” Monumenta Serica 24 (1965), 424.

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    Diagram comparing transcriptions of the Chu Silk Manuscript done by Noel Barnard (to the right of each double column) and by Jiang Xuanyi 蔣玄佁 (to the left of each double column); from Noel Barnard, “A Preliminary Study of the Ch’u Silk Manuscript—A New Reconstruction of the Text,” Monumenta Serica 17 (1958), following p. 8.

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    Bernhard Karlgren, Grammata Serica recensa (Stockholm: Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1972), 33.

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