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A Vocabulary of the Canton Dialect
By Kingsley Bolton (introduced by) and Robert Morrison
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Publisher Ganesha Pub Ltd
Publication date September 1, 2002
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781862100183
ISBN-10 1862100187
Dimensions 1.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
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Published in Great Britain
Original list price $195.00
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Morrison's Vocabulary of the Canton Dialect (1828) was the first Western attempt to compile a glossary for a dialect, and its publication was sponsored by the East India Company at a time when the opium trade was in full swing. In large part, the concern to provide a glossary of items of trade and useful phrases for commercial communication appears to have dictated the scope of the work. In the introduction, Morrison laments the difficulties attendant upon such a task, and notes that '[t]he names of foreign articles of commerce in Canton are very irregularly and variously written among different shopmen and dealers' and that '[n]ames of goods are sometimes entirely foreign: at other times a translation of foreign Names; and occasionally they are half Chinese and half foreign'. The work is divided into three parts, 'English and Chinese', 'Chinese and English', and 'Chinese words and phrases'(including a useful section on 'Wicked Banditti').



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About: Morrison's Vocabulary of the Canton Dialect (1828) was the first Western attempt to compile a glossary for a dialect, and its publication was sponsored by the East India Company at a time when the opium trade was in full swing.

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