Old Chinese

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Old Chinese

n.
The Chinese language in the first millennium bc, in which the earliest Confucian classics were written. Its pronunciation is reconstructed from the analysis of the development of Chinese characters and from rhymes in poetry.
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Only male heirs, after all, could inherit the estate, owing to a 'warped mash-up of archaic Chinese customs and the British rules of primogeniture,' as Nick puts it.
North and back in Chinese share the same pronunciation and the same meaning in archaic Chinese.
Thus, Karlgren's yod is still retained in Li Fang-kuei's influential revision of Karlgren's Archaic Chinese (Li 1971, 1974-75) and in William Baxter's Handbook of Old Chinese (1992).
No sane figure in the Pentagon wants a war with China, and all serious US militarists know that China's minuscule nuclear capacity is not offensive but a deterrent against the overwhelming US power arrayed against it (twenty archaic Chinese warheads versus more than 7,000 US warheads).
1997) "The Culturalinguistic Problems in Female-radicaled Chinese Words", The Study of Archaic Chinese, Vol.
Most of the thousands of archaic Chinese bronzes discovered today are not sculptures, even if connoisseurs admire the monumental balance of their proportions and the beauty of some of their decoration in the round; they were cast to form the tableware needed at the ancestors' banquet, the chief ritual in funeral ceremonies.
Australian here is represented by Warlbiri (Reece 1979), Altaic by pre-13th century Turkish (Clauson 1972), and Chinese by Archaic Chinese (Karlgren 1957).
I think I am also drawn to works of art where the person who made it is unknown archaic Chinese bronzes and sculpture, antiquities, African sculpture and even Renaissance bronzes.
Compendium of Phonetics in Ancient and Archaic Chinese.
Upcoming highlights this month include a collection of 20th-century decorative art in Paris and an archaic Chinese bronze in New York.