It consists of more than articles written by scholars from around the world, with the majority residing in Asia. Covering subjects on all possible aspects of Chinese, from morphology and language acquisition to sign language and youth language, this is a reference work no major research institution can be without. The ECLL is available as a 5-volume print edition www. This mammoth academic reference work will prove the primary resource on Chinese languages and linguistics for years to come. We are happy at Brill to offer it to the scholarly world both in print and online.
MARC21 record. Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics Online. Editor-in-Chief: Rint Sybesma. The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions in which they have been investigated.
Old Chinese , also called Archaic Chinese in older works, is the oldest attested stage of Chinese , and the ancestor of all modern varieties of Chinese. Bronze inscriptions became plentiful during the following Zhou dynasty. The latter part of the Zhou period saw a flowering of literature, including classical works such as the Analects , the Mencius , and the Zuo zhuan. These works served as models for Literary Chinese or Classical Chinese , which remained the written standard until the early twentieth century, thus preserving the vocabulary and grammar of late Old Chinese. Old Chinese was written with several early forms of Chinese characters , including Oracle Bone , Bronze , and Seal scripts. Throughout the Old Chinese period, there was a close correspondence between a character and a monosyllabic and monomorphemic word. Although the script is not alphabetic, the majority of characters were created based on phonetic considerations.