Wise Words

Mark Elvin

  • The Pinyin Chinese-English Dictionary edited by Wu Jingrong
    Commercial Press (Peking and Hong Kong)/Pitman, 976 pp, £12.00, November 1979, ISBN 0 273 08454 2

This is a dictionary of a language that does not yet quite exist. If this seems a paradoxical way to talk of standard modern Chinese, the paradox is easily enough resolved by a brief account of its origins. Let us, for the sake of simplicity, take the spoken and the written languages separately.

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