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Studies of Word Origins by YanFanLu
Pages: 41-47
Year: Issue:  6
Journal: Oriental Forum

Keyword:  YanFanLucharacter formmeaning of wordsspeech soundseek the origin;
Abstract: One of the important purposes of YanFanLu is to seek and verify the names of things, and to explain the dififcult words in Confucian classics and historical records in order to solve readers' dififculties and puzzles. YanFanLu studies Chinese characters, rhymes and exegesis. Cheng Dachang sought the source of characters, corrects the errors, and reveals the development and change of characters. It makes up for the lacks of words and meanings of dictionaries through the forms, meaning and sound of Chinese characters. Yan Fan Lu records extensive linguistic data, and has great values in studying the history of ancient Chinese.
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