CHIN 412 Fall 2014 Introduction to Classical Chinese

This course is an introduction to the grammar and basic vocabulary of Classical Chinese, the standard written language of China from around the seventh century BCE through the 1920s (and for many centuries an important written language in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam as well). Aspects of Classical Chinese continue to play an important role in both written (e.g., in newspaper, academic, and legal writing) and in spoken (e.g., proverbs and aphorisms) Modern Chinese. Our work in this course will be based on reading, translating, and discussing philosophical, political, literary, and historical anecdotes from the Spring and Autumn (770-481 BCE) through the Han (206 BCE-220 CE) periods, as they served as the foundation for the language. Discussion of grammatical and philological issues will be conducted primarily in English and most of our translation work will be from Classical Chinese into English. We will, however, frequently discuss the points of intersection between Classical and Modern Chinese. Students are required to have completed CHIN 202 or the equivalent. Students who have extensive reading knowledge of Chinese characters through other languages (such as Japanese) may also take this course with the instructor's permission.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom performance, homework, quizzes, tests, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: CHIN 202 or extensive reading knowledge of Chinese characters through other languages
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1362
CHIN 412 - 01 (F) SEM Intro to Classical Chinese Division 1: Languages and the Arts Christopher M. B. Nugent
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 240 1362
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