Lexical changes in Zhanguo texts

Yuri Pines*

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This article explores lexical differences among several historical and philosophical texts composed between the fifth and the third centuries B.C. By tracing the changing usage of seven major terms of philosophical and political discourse, clear patterns of temporal change are demonstrated. These findings may suggest a new and reliable means of dating pre-imperial texts, or, more precisely, of dating their Ur-texts.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)691-705
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Oriental Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002


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