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Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia

Peter Francis Kornicki


This book is a wide-ranging study of vernacularization in East Asia, and for this purpose East Asia includes not only China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam but also other societies that no longer exist, such as the Tangut and Khitan empires. It takes the reader from the early centuries of the Common Era, when the Chinese script was the only form of writing and Chinese Buddhist, Confucian, and medical texts spread throughout East Asia, through the centuries when vernacular scripts evolved, right up to the end of the nineteenth century when nationalism created new roles for vernacular languages and v ... More

Keywords: East Asia, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Tanguts, Khitans, vernacularization, language, scripts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Francis Kornicki, author
Emeritus Professor of Japanese, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Robinson College