Pathways 08 - Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts
This bilingual text by Zhou Youguang (in Chinese) with English translation by Zhang Liqing makes it easier for English speakers to gain advanced level skills in East Asian languages. It also exposes learners at or above intermediate skill levels to the vocabulary and discourses of academic disciplines and provides entries into discussions with oral and written presentations in these concentrations.
This concise treatment of a field is done by an excellent scholar with outstanding English translation. This book offers an overview of a particular situation regarding the development and problems concerning Chinese languages and scripts.
John DeFrancis recommends in the Foreword to this text: "This fact-filled but by no means dry compendium, the contents of which are easily accessible thanks to a good, detailed index, deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the languages and scripts of China." This is an ideal book for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with Chinese languages and scripts.