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The first written records appeared over 3, years ago during the Shang dynasty. As the language evolved over this period, the various local varieties became mutually unintelligible. In reaction, central governments have repeatedly sought to promulgate a unified standard.
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It can be divided into an early period, reflected by the Qieyun rime book CEand a late period in the 10th century, reflected by rhyme tables such as the Yunjing constructed by ancient Chinese philologists as a guide to the Qieyun system.
Most linguists now believe it represents a diasystem encompassing 6th-century northern and southern standards for reading the classics. Classical Chinese The relationship between spoken and written Chinese is rather complex.
Its spoken varieties have evolved at different rates, while written Chinese itself has changed much less. Classical Chinese literature began in the Spring and Autumn period.
Rise of northern dialects[ edit ] After the fall of the Northern Song dynasty, and during the reign of the Jin Jurchen and Yuan Mongol dynasties in northern China, a common speech now called Old Mandarin developed based on the dialects of the North China Plain around the capital.
After much dispute between proponents of northern and southern dialects and an abortive attempt at an artificial pronunciation, the National Language Unification Commission finally settled on the Beijing dialect in These pages hope to provide tools to assist people in learning and using the beautiful Chinese language.
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