Special course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese
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PrerequisitesWorking knowledge of about 500-800 characters. Students will be given a placement test to determine level.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
This course aims at enabling students to use Classical Chinese source material in a competent way in their research work. At the end of the course, a student should be able to:
- deal with grammatical problems of Classical Chinese,
- have developed a clear awareness of lexical differences between Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese,
- use traditional Chinese commentaries and glosses for clarification of problematic passages in the primary textual material,
- establish a reasonable contextual knowledge based on reference material and Chinese encyclopaedias.