A General Theory of Ancient Chinese - Lihong Jiang; Mingshan Ren; Ye Zhu; Wenyan Gao; | Foyles Bookstore
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
A General Theory of Ancient Chinese
Foyalty 330

A General Theory of Ancient Chinese (Hardback)

Pre-order for despatch on publication.


This book systematically outlines the development of ancient Chinese. Consisting of 20 chapters, the self-contained work presents macro-level discussions on a broad range of topics, including: philology, phonology, exegetics, certain words' special meanings, sentence types, the flexible use of words, different grammars in ancient and modern times, and rhetoric.

Though chiefly focusing on vocabulary, the book also addresses grammar, and points out grammar problems that differ considerably from those in modern Chinese, in addition to combining morphology and syntax. Further, unlike the majority of textbooks on the subject, it pays more attention to the rhetoric used in ancient Chinese literary works. Rather than simply analyzing linguistic phenomena, the book also (and more importantly) provides a meaningful approach to the study of ancient Chinese. Accordingly, it offers a valuable asset for researchers, graduate students, and everyone else who is interested in ancient Chinese.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary reference worksLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsGrammar, syntaxLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPhonetics, phonology Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore Publication Date: 13/05/2022 ISBN-13: 9789811660412  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Pre-order for despatch on publication. Pre-Order

Lihong Jiang (1916 - 1995) is a prominent linguist and expert on Dunhuang studies and lexicography, former professor and doctoral supervisor at Hangzhou University, vice-chairman of the Language and Literature Society, Institute of Dunhuang and Turfan Studies of China, associate editor of Chinese Dictionary, and an editorial board member and branch editor-in-chief of Cihai. Mingshan Ren (1912-1967) is a former professor at Hangzhou University, where he focused on the study and teaching of ancient literature, ancient Chinese and modern Chinese. He is the author of Post-Note of the Catalogue of "Book of Rites" and Overview of the History of Chinese Phonetics.

More books by Lihong Jiang

More books by Mingshan Ren

More books by Ye Zhu

More books by Wenyan Gao

Leave Review

Our Christmas Last Posting Dates can be found here

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.


Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
Free UK Standard Delivery on Orders Over £25 (2nd Class)     3-5 Days
UK Standard Delivery (2nd Class) £2.99 £0.00 3-5 Days
UK 1st Class Delivery £3.99 £0.00 2-3 Days

Click & Collect / 
Delivery to a Foyles Bookshop


Free Free Click and Collect and Delivery to Store is available for all our shops. Collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.
Please wait for order arrival confirmation email before making a journey to collect.
UK Courier* £7.95 £0.00 1 Working Day
Western Europe Airmail** £9.00 £1.00 7-8 Days
Rest of World Airmail*** £12.50 £1.00 7-10 Days

* For courier service please contact the Charing Cross Road store

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

*** We are currently unable to delivery to the following countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Macao, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Virgin Island US

For goods delivered outside of the UK, the consignee (ie the person to whom the consignment is sent) will be the declarant and importer into the country for which the consignment is destined. The consignee will be responsible for both customs clearance and payment of customs duties and local taxes where required.

Customs Charges - if you are ordering goods for delivery outside of the UK, please note that your consignment may be subject to VAT (Value Added Tax), other taxes, customs duties and/or fees levied by the destination country. Any such charges levied in relation to customs clearance must be borne by you. It is accepted by you that Foyles has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Foyles recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for more information regarding importation taxes/duties that may be applicable to your online order.

Delivery Help & FAQs

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Index, A History of the
Dennis Duncan
Shoes and Ships and Sealing-Wax: A...
Henry Eliot
The Little Library Parties
Kate Young
Stephen King: The Ultimate Companion
Bev Vincent
© W&G Foyle Ltd