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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2008

ANS 361 • Why Chinese has No Alphabet

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31155 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BEN 1.126
Lai, C.

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the history of the evolution of the Chinese writing system and language. This course is open to all students and while recommended, no background in Chinese language, culture or linguistics is required. Course emphasis will be given to the study of the writing system and the cultural contexts that have preserved such a unique orthography from ancient to modern times. In this context, the course will include some discussion of the history of the Chinese language, including Chinese dialects. Lectures and discussions will focus on the cultural, historical, social, and political background against which Chinese writing and language have evolved.

Grading Policy

Class and online discussion, participation and "preparedness." (20%) Informal Writing (20%) Discussion Questions (10%) Critical Writing (50%)


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