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A Study on the Correlation between Shuowenjiezi Duruo and Chinese Character

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2019, (43), pp.1-24
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2019..43.001
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : January 15, 2019
  • Accepted : February 11, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

JaeJoong Oh 1

1건국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between Shuowenjiezi Duruo and Chinese characters. Shuowenjiezi contains important information to analyze the meaning of Chinese characters. Duruo is the only Chinese characters pronunciation method recorded in Shuowenjiezi. This allows us to analyze the pronunciation of Chinese characters at the time of Han dynasty. After Xushen used the method of Duruo in Shuowenjiezi, through Qing dynasty, there are three kinds of opinions about Duruo so far. First, Duruo is to display the pronunciation of Chinese characters. The second Duruo is meant to represent the meaning of Chinese characters. Judging from the current research results, Duruo has both the pronunciation and meaning of Chinese characters. Gujinzi was created to distinguish the difference between the meanings of the past and present Chinese characters. Especially, pronunciation of Chinese characters is an important condition to judge Gujinzi and Duruo. Because of this commonality, Gujinzi can be found in Shuowenjiezi Duruo. In conclusion, Shuowenjiezi Duruo is related to various linguistic phenomena. Therefore, Duruo can be used to study the process of Chinese character development from the past to the present.

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