John DeFrancis

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John DeFrancis is a Chinese language professor emeritus and researcher at the University of Hawaii who wrote a number of Chinese instructional texts (in particular, his Readers series is exceptional) in the 60's and 70's. Although some of his spoken language texts are now considered to be outdated, he remains a figurehead in Chinese language and linguistic research. His most famous work is arguably The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy, in which the common misconceptions of the language are debunked and several other topics disseminated.

He is the editor of the "ABC" series of Chinese-English dictionaries.

Works

  • Volumes by John DeFrancis in the Yale Language Series
  • Beginning Chinese
  • Character Text for Beginning Chinese
  • Beginning Chinese Reader (Parts I and II)
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Character Text for Intermediate Chinese
  • Intermediate Chinese Reader (Parts I and II)
  • Advanced Chinese
  • Character Text for Advanced Chinese
  • Advanced Chinese Reader
  • Annotated Quotations from Chairman Mao
  • More Writings by John DeFrancis
    • In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan (University of Hawaii Press, 1993)
    • Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems (University of Hawaii Press, 1989)
    • The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy (University of Hawaii Press, 1986)
    • Colonialism and Language Policy in Vietnam (Mouton, 1977)
    • Things Japanese in Hawaii (University Press of Hawaii, 1973)
    • Chinese-English Glossary of the Mathematical Sciences (American Mathematical Society, 1964)
    • Chinese Social History, by E-tu Zen and John DeFrancis (American Council of Learned Societies, 1956)
    • Bibliography on Chinese Social History, by E-tu Zen and John DeFrancis (Far Eastern Publications, 1952)
    • Talks on Chinese History (with Elizabeth Jen Young) (Far Eastern Publications, 1952)
    • Report of the Second Round Table Meeting on Linguistics, Language Teaching Monograph Series on Languages and Linguistics, No. 1 (Georgetown University press, 1951)
    • Nationalism and Language Reform in China (Princeton University Press, 1950)
    • Chinese Agent in Mongolia, translated from the Chinese of Ma Ho-t'ien (Johns Hopkins Press, 1949)


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