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Missionary linguistics in East Asia : the origins of religious language in the shaping of Christianity?
AuthorBreitenbach, Sandra
Pub. LocationFrankfurt am MainPublisherPeter Lang
Date2008Phys. Desc.221 p. ; 21 cm.
LocationDigital Archives, and Hallway CasesCall NumberPL1107.V3 B74 2008
Missionary linguistics in East Asia : the origins of religious language in the shaping of Christianity? / Sandra Breitenbach.
LC classification number is: BV2082.L3 B76 2008
Bibliography: p. 211-221.

This book examines the language studies of Western missionaries in China and beyond. The goal of this study is to examine the purpose, methods, context, and influence of missionary language studies. The book reveals new insights into the hitherto less well-known and unstudied origins of language thinking. These publically unknown sources virtually form our «hidden history of language». Some key 17th century and pre-17th century descriptions of language not only pass on our Greco-Latin «grammatical» heritage internationally for about two millennia. They also reveal grammar, speaking, and language as an esoteric knowledge. Our modern life has been formed and influenced through both esoteric and common connotations in language. It is precisely the techniques, allusions, and intentions of language making revealed in rare, coded texts which have influenced our modern identities. These extraordinary and highly controversial interpretations of both language and Christianity reveal that our modern identities have been largely shaped in the absence of public knowledge and discussion.--back cover.

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Subject(s)Varo, Francisco 萬濟國, 1627-1687. Arte de la lengua Mandarina--Criticism, Textual
Mandarin dialects (Guanhua 官話)--China--17th century--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
Dominicans--Missions--China--17th century--Contributions in linguistics
Language and languages--Religious aspects--Catholic Church--China--History--17th century
Language in missionary work--China
Missions--China--Language and linguistics
Rec. TypeBook, and Digital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #10559
ISBN9783631504413 ; 3631504411LCCN2009412513OCLC416411168