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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

In Memoriam: John DeFrancis

August 31, 1911 – January 2, 2009

Many of us who have studied Chinese language are familiar with DeFrancis’s work. My first year Chinese class used his Beginning Chinese textbook. Here is a link to an obituary page on wordpress posted by some of his friends.

January 10th, 2009 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 4 comments

4 Responses to In Memoriam: John DeFrancis

  1. Bao Pu says:

    Thanks for this notice and link. His The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy changed my understanding of the Chinese written language forever.

  2. Dave Bonta says:

    Thanks for the link. Yeah, we used Beginning Chinese I & II when I was a student at Penn State years ago. A fascinating life story.

  3. I went through DeFrancis’s beginning and intermediate books I forget how long ago, and despite their age, they’re still some of the best resources I’ve found for vocabulary building.

    His work set a bar I’ve yet to see met by any other pedagogical resource, a shame given the modern tools we have at our disposal.

  4. C.P. Sobelman says:

    Would appreciate any information on his original language text also called Beginning Chinese, published long before the series developed for Seton Hall University.

    C. P. Sobelman

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