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By N. G. D. Malmqvist

This ebook offers with the existence and occupation of Bernhard Karlgren (1889–1978), whose study in a good number of fields, really the historic phonology of the chinese, laid the rules for contemporary western sinology. The definition of the time period "sinology" has passed through nice adjustments in view that Bernhard Karlgren entered the degree a century in the past. at the moment the time period lined examine concerning the language, literature, background, idea, and highbrow elements of early China. because the mid-twentieth century the definition has been significantly broadened to incorporate extra sleek facets, with targeted emphasis on sociopolitical and monetary subject matters. in lots of chinese departments in either China and the West, reviews of early China were positioned at a drawback. This publication may well function a reminder that the time could have come to redress the imbalance.The e-book starts through sketching the highbrow milieu that characterised Karlgren's college years and ends with a point out of his final ebook, "Moot phrases in a few Chuang Tse chapters," released in 1976. The intervening seventy years have been jam-packed with extreme scholarly activities-including his disputatio for the PhD in Uppsala in 1915; his next profession as professor of East Asian languages at Gothenburg collage, 1918-39; and his directorship of the Museum of a ways jap Antiquities in Stockholm, 1939-59. for a few years he served as vice-chancellor of Gothenburg collage and as president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, background, and Antiquities. He additionally performed a number one position in a number of endeavors to reinforce the status of Swedish humanities.

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Even if you know the modern colloquial and recognize a couple of thousand characters, you cannot read a single line of Chinese literature. The Chinese themselves have to learn it as a separate language, or rather 6 or 7 different languages, and spend 10 to 15 years doing so. Once you after no end of toil have mastered the language used in the classics, you still cannot read the histories written at the same time. If you master the two languages, you still cannot read a line of poetry. If you master the three languages, you still cannot read novels.

But we would be rather hard up. . This uncertainty about the future is rather enervating. . Had I been a good boy and studied theology I would have taken my exam in Uppsala by now and in a couple of years I would have become a vicar, considering the shortage of priests. But if so, I would have found myself out in the wilds, longing to get away from there. Perhaps it is best as it is. After his return to Taiyuan, Bernhard returns to his plans for the future in a letter to Inna of February 4, 1911: I shall need a couple years of hard work in London before I can produce something that can earn me a job.

The same division applied also to the matriculation of 1907, Bernhard’s last year at school. Bernhard’s grades were somewhat inferior to Anton’s: High Distinction in Swedish, Latin, and Greek; Distinction in German; but merely High Credit in English, French, History, and Philosophy. 2 Liber Studiosus, 1907–1909 STUDIES AT UPPSALA UNIVERSITY BERNHARD KARLGREN REGISTERED AS A STUDENT AT UPPSALA University on September 16, 1907. On the same day two years later, he took his bachelor’s degree in Nordic Languages, Greek, and Slavonic Languages.

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