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I shall here devote myself solely to a discussion of the techniques and the results of traditional studies, leaving aside modern studies influenced by trends in Western linguistics. I shall also refrain from discussing the paleographical remains (the oracle bone inscriptions dating back to the Shang period, 1520-1030 BC) which were discovered towards the very end of the last century and the study of which has turned into a highly specialized discipline. Again, I shall refrain from discussing the results of comparative studies within the Sino-Tibetan language family, which since the I 940S have greatly added to our knowledge of both Early Archaic Chinese (roughly the first millennium BC) and Proto-Chinese (the period preceding the earliest literary documents). Traditional language studies recognize the following three stages in the development of the language: Old Chinese (the first half of the first millennium * See beginning of Notes.