Study on Chinese Phonetic Loan Characters in Dunhuang Manuscripts Dating from 700-1000 CE

01 January 2016 → 31 October 2020
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
Phonetic loan characters Dunhuang manuscripts Chinese writing system Middle Ages Chinese Language and text analysis Chinese writing Asia Language technology Linguistics
Project description

The project deals with an important mechanism in Chinese writing, the use of “phonetic loan characters”, as exemplified in the Dunhuang manuscript corpus and with an emphasis of non-canonical material dating from ca. 700 to 1000 CE. The use of loan characters will be systematically analyzed and its function concerning “orality” in Chinese writing investigated.