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文言

ChineseEdit

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NounEdit

文言

  1. Literary Chinese; literary language used from the fall of the Han dynasty (220 CE) to the early 20th century.
  2. Classical Chinese; literary language used in old China

Usage notesEdit

Careful usage distinguishes between 文言 (literary writing, used from the fall of the Han dynasty (220 CE) to the early 20th century) on the one hand, and 古文 (Ancient Writing) or, formally, 古典漢語 (Classical Chinese) (Classical Chinese, used from the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BCE) (especially the Spring and Autumn Period), through to the end of the Han Dynasty (220 CE)) on the other. However, the terms are often conflated.

Related termsEdit


JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
ぶん
Grade: 1
げん
Grade: 2
on'yomi

NounEdit

文言 (hiragana ぶんげん, romaji bungen)
文言 (hiragana もんごん, romaji mongon)

  1. wording (esp. of written text); classical Chinese literary style; traditional written Chinese
  2. Classical Chinese

KoreanEdit

Hanja in this word

NounEdit

文言 (muneon) (hangeul 문언)

  1. Hanja form? of 문언, “Classical Chinese wording”.

VietnameseEdit

Hán tự in this word

NounEdit

文言

  1. Hán tự form of văn ngôn, "Classical Chinese wording"