Edited by Michael Lackner, Iwo Amelung and Joachim Kurtz. Leiden: Brill 2001 (Sinica Leidensia 52). xiv + 460 pages. ISBN: 90-04-12046-7. List price Euro 81.- / US$ 94.-.
The essays brought together in this volume deal with a variety of issues concerning the invention, dissemination and standardization of modern Chinese terms in different domains of the social and natural sciences. Topics examined range from preconceptions about the Chinese language to accomodate new ideas, the formation of specific nomenclatures and the roles of individual translators, to Chinese attempts to conceptualize the grammar of their own and foreign languages.
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Table of Contents
So Clumsy a Medium ...
Chinese Terminologies: On Preconceptions
Language Contact and Lexical Innovation
Language in the Modernization Process: The Integration of Western Concepts and Terms into Chinese and Japanese in the Nineteenth Century
The Politics of Names
'Liberty', 'Democracy', 'President': The Translation and Usage of Some Political Terms in Late Qing China
Yi, Yang, Xi, Wai and Other Terms: The Transition from 'Barbarian' to 'Foreigner' in Late Imperial China
The Notions of 'Power' and 'Rights' in Chinese Political Discourse
Coming to Terms with Logic: The Naturalization of an Occidental Notion in China
An Inquiry into the History of the Chinese Terms
Jiqi (Machine) and Jixie (Machinery)
Weights and Forces: The Introduction of Western Mechanics
into Late Qing China
On Their Own Terms
Yan Fu and the Tasks of the Translator
Natural Philosophy, Physics and Metaphysics in the Thought of Tan Sitong: The Concepts of Qi and Yitai
A New Inquiry into the Translation of Chemical Terms by John Fryer and Xu Shou
The Creation of Technical Terms in English-Chinese Dictionaries from the Nineteenth Century
On Mathematical Terminology: Culture Crossing in Nineteenth-Century China
The Formation of Botanical Terminology: A Model or a Case Study?
Grammars of Alterity
Some Reflections on the Sources of the Mashi wentong
Circumnavigating the Unfamiliar: Dao'an (314-385) and Yan Fu (1852-1921) on Western Grammar
May Fourth Linguistic Orthodoxy and Rhetoric: Some Informal Comparative Notes
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