Research into the Lexical Differences of Chinese between the North and South of the Northern and Southern Dynasties from the Commonly-used Words in Weishu (魏书)and Songshu(宋书)



In the Northern and Southern Dynasties, there existed differences in the Chinese language between the North and the South of China. It is considered one of the important tasks in the Chinese language history to reveal these differences. We carried out a study on the lexical differences between Songshu and Weishu from the different commonly-used words: “ta-jian”, “mang-xia” and “shi-zhu”. Based on historical documents in the Northern and Southern Dynasties, we preliminarily found “ta” “mang” and “shi” were chosen in the North of China, while “jian” “xia” and “zhu” were chosen in the South of China.

Key words: Songshu; Weishu; Lexical differences; the Northern and Southern Dynasties; commonly-used words


Songshu; Weishu; Lexical differences; the Northern and Southern Dynasties; commonly-used words


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