Old English began to appear in writing during the early 8th century. Most texts were written in West Saxon, one of the four main dialects.
The language written is undoubtedly an early form of Chinese, but is difficult to interpret due to the limited subject matter and high proportion of proper names. Little is known about the grammar of this language, but it seems much less reliant on grammatical particles than Classical Chinese.
Even longer pre-Classical texts on a wide range of subjects have also been transmitted through the literary tradition. The oldest parts of the Book of Documentsthe Classic of Poetry and the I Ching also date from the early Zhou period, and closely resemble the bronze inscriptions in vocabulary, syntax, and style.
A greater proportion of this more varied vocabulary has been identified than for the oracular period. There are many bronze inscriptions from this period, but they are vastly outweighed by a rich literature written in ink on bamboo and wooden slips and toward the end of the period silk.
Although these are perishable materials, and many books were destroyed in the burning of books and burying of scholars in the Qin dynastyother texts have been transmitted as copies.
Such works from this period as the Analectsthe Classic of Filial Pietythe Mencius and the Zuo zhuan have been admired as models of prose style since the Han dynasty.
The Classical Chinese of such works formed the basis of Literary Chinese, which remained the written standard until the early twentieth century.
Chinese characters Each character of the script represented a single Old Chinese word. Most scholars believe that these words were monosyllabic, though some have recently suggested that a minority of them had minor presyllables.
About 1, of the oracle bone characters, nearly a quarter of the total, are of this type, though of them have not yet been deciphered.
Though the pictographic origins of these characters are apparent, they have already undergone extensive simplification and conventionalization. Evolved forms of most of these characters are still in common use today. The character is thought to depict bamboo or wooden strips tied together with leather thongs, a writing material known from later archaeological finds.
Hundreds of morphemes of two or more syllables also entered the language, and were written with one phono-semantic compound character per syllable. The most conservative script prevailed in the western state of Qinwhich would later impose its standard on the whole of China.
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Ancient Chinese writing evolved from the practice of divination during the Shang Dynasty ( BCE). Some theories suggest that images and markings on pottery shards found at Ban Po Village are evidence of an early writing system but this claim has been challenged repeatedly.
This book introduces a new linguistic reconstruction of the phonology, morphology, and lexicon of Old Chinese, the first Sino-Tibetan language to be reduced to writing. Qiu is a leading Chinese authority on the history of Chinese writing.
This translation of his magnum opus is highly readable, and it combines both the original Beijing version (with information on the "Simplified" characters used in the People's Republic) and the revision in the Taipei edition (which omitted the discussions of the Simplified characters), so it is a more complete.