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1st Edition

A Dictionary of Chinese Characters
Accessed by Phonetics

ISBN 9780415460477
Published July 10, 2008 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

By arranging frequently used characters under the phonetic element they have in common, rather than only under their radical, the Dictionary encourages the student to link characters according to their phonetic. The system of cross-referencing then allows the student to find easily all the characters in the dictionary which have the same phonetic element, thus helping to fix in the memory the link between a character and its sound and meaning.

This innovative resource will be an excellent study-aid for students with a basic grasp of Chinese, whether they are studying with a teacher or learning on their own.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Introduction  Terms and Abbreviations Used in the List  List of the Traditional 214 Radicals  List of 943 Selected Chinese Characters  Appendix ‘A’ – Notes on the Choice of Chinese Characters Included In the List  Appendix ‘B’ – Detailed List of the 214 Radicals with Comments and Examples  Pinyin Index for the List  Radical Index for the List

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Dr Stewart Paton was Head of the Department of Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, from 1976 to 1981.


'The whole thrust of the work is that it is more helpful to learners of Chinese characters to see them in terms of sound, than in visual terms. It is a radical, provocative and constructive idea. The book would be ideal for teachers of Chinese language and for students beyond elementary level, as well as for anyone learning on their own.' -- Dr. Valerie Pellatt, University of Newcastle

'This volume would be a valuable supplemental study aid for those learning Chinese, when used in conjunction with a standard Chinese-English dictionary.' -- Choice

'A valuable aid for any library serving learners of the Chinese Language' -- Reference Reviews