Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Zodiac

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Author(s): Zev HANDEL
The Chinese zodiac ( shí’èr shēngxiào 十二生肖 ‘twelve birth signs’ or ‘twelve birth resemblances’) is an ordered cycle of twelve animals with cultural, calendrical, and astronomical significance used throughout China and many parts of North, East, and Southeast Asia, including Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, among others. The animals are most commonly associated with years of the traditional lunisolar calendar, in one-to-one correspondence with the twelve cyclical signs called dìzhī 地支 ‘earthly branches’ that have been employed in Chinese time-kee…
Date: 2017-03-02