A Chinese Garden Court: The Astor Court at The Metropolitan by Alfreda Murck, Wen Fong

By Alfreda Murck, Wen Fong

Chinese language backyard courtroom, A: The Astor court docket on the Metropolitan Muse, by way of Murck, Alfreda And Wen Fong

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But it acts as a warning about the use of dictionaries. A bilingual, and even a monolingual dictionary, is a work of translation and, as such, is a product of the minds of its editors and compilers. Lexicographers work hard to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive, wide-ranging definitions and examples they can, but inevitably, dictionaries cannot keep up with the rapidity of normal language evolution, and will exhibit signs of perhaps dated political or social agendas of the human brains responsible for their creation.

13 Ё೑ҎĀҹ㤊߽⼐ҕāǃĀҹ㤊㸼ᭀᛣāǃĀҹ㤊ৃ㸠䘧āǃĀҹ㤊ৃ䲙 ᖫāˈ Chinese people regard tea as beneficial to propriety and benevolence, a way of expressing respect, a way of following the Tao, and a means to refine the will . . The inverted commas are there in Chinese because these are set phrases, and may be allusions to or quotations from a higher literary authority. They have become standardised as a type of chengyu or set phrase. ) In English we do not need the inverted commas. Their use might imply that we do not give the sayings much credence.

Apostrophes used in this way tend to be less elegant than ‘of’ or other means, such as a relative clause, and are usually avoided in standard English. The head noun of the phrase is 䍋⑤, (origin), and using ‘of’ gives it the usual place of a head noun in English. 6 ‫ހ‬Ҹ䘆㺰ᰃ៥೟⅋৆ᙴЙⱘ⇥䭧㖦֫ПϔDŽ (Liu Yang 2002) i. Eating extra nourishing foods in winter is an age-old custom in China. ii. Extra winter nourishment is our nation’s historical ancient folk custom – one of them. 28 The framework: titles, sentences, punctuation and paragraphs П plays the same role as ⱘ: the whole sentence describes ‘one thing’.

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