The Routledge  Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language is an invaluable resource for language learners and linguists of Chinese worldwide, those interested readers of Chinese literature and cultures, and scholars in Chinese studies. Featuring the research on the changing landscape of the Chinese language by a number of eminent academics in the field, this volume will meet the academic, linguistic and pedagogical needs of anyone interested in the Chinese language: from Sinologists to Chinese linguists, as well as teachers and learners of Chinese as a second language.

The encyclopedia explores a range of topics: from research on oracle bone and bronze inscriptions, to Chinese language acquisition, to the language of the mass media. This reference offers a guide to shifts over time in thinking about the Chinese language as well as providing an overview of contemporary themes, debates and research interests.

The editors and contributors are assisted by an editorial board comprised of the best and most experienced sinologists world-wide. The reference includes an introduction, written by the editor, which places the assembled texts in their historical and intellectual context. The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language is destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital research resource.

chapter 1|17 pages

Ancient Chinese

ByAlain Peyraube

chapter 2|17 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

3Cantonese Romanization

ByCheng Siu-Pong, Tang Sze-Wing

chapter 4|13 pages

Chinese Characters

ByJohn Jing-hua Yin

chapter 5|26 pages

Chinese Idioms

ByJiao Liwei

chapter 6|14 pages

Chinese Language and National Identity

ByAndrew Simpson

chapter 7|15 pages

7Chinese Language Education: Teacher Training

ByJane Orton

chapter 8|18 pages

Chinese Language in a Global Context

ByLiu Jin, Tao Hongyin

chapter 9|15 pages

9Chinese Language Pedagogy

ByWu Weiping

chapter 10|32 pages

Chinese Linguistics

ByWilliam S.-Y. Wang

chapter 11|19 pages

Chinese Linguistics: Pragmatics

ByYan Jiang

chapter 12|12 pages

Chinese Linguistics: Semantics

ByHsieh Shu-Kai

chapter 13|12 pages

Chinese Morphology

chapter 14|15 pages

Chinese Neologisms: Word-formation Strategies in Chinese

ByAntonella Ceccagno

chapter 15|53 pages

15Chinese: Parts of Speech

ByCandice Chi-Hang Cheung

chapter 16|20 pages

Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings

chapter 17|13 pages

17Chinese Psycholinguistics

ByJerome L. Packard

chapter 18|14 pages

Chinese Rhetoric

chapter 19|12 pages

Chinese Slang

chapter 20|24 pages

Chinese Syntax

ByWalter Bisang

chapter 21|17 pages

Chinese Taboo

ByAmy He Yun

chapter 22|13 pages

Chinese Xiehouyu

ByGrace Zhang

chapter 23|12 pages

Classical Chinese

ByChris Wen-chao Li

chapter 24|18 pages

Computational Linguistics

ByXiaoheng Zhang

chapter 25|14 pages

Corpus-based Study of Chinese

chapter 26|17 pages

Elastic Words in Chinese

BySan Duanmu, Yan Dong

chapter 27|15 pages

Hakka Dialect

chapter 28|21 pages

Hanyu Pinyin

ByLilly Lee Chen

chapter 29|26 pages

Hong Kong Sign Language

chapter 30|14 pages


ByCheung Kam-Siu

chapter 31|18 pages

Lexicography in the Contemporary Period

ByHuang Chu-Ren, Li Lan, Su Xinchun

chapter 32|16 pages


ByMiao Ruiqin

chapter 33|26 pages


chapter 34|24 pages

Mandarin and Other Sinitic Languages

ByHilary Chappell, Li Lan

chapter 35|16 pages

Metaphor in Chinese: Cognition, Culture, and Society

ByZhuo Jing-Schmidt

chapter 36|19 pages

Modern Chinese: Written Chinese

ByFeng Shengli

chapter 37|21 pages

Poetic Prosody

ByFeng Shengli

chapter 38|21 pages

Psycholinguistics: Reading Chinese

ByLiang Tao, Alice F. Healy

chapter 39|17 pages

Semantic Change in Chinese

ByJanet Zhiqun Xing

chapter 40|13 pages

Standard Chinese

chapter 41|20 pages


ByLi Yafei

chapter 42|21 pages

Wade–Giles Romanization System

ByKaren Steffen Chung