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Mengwen zhiyao 蒙文旨要

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Mengwen zhiyao 蒙文旨要 "Guide to the Mongol language" is a language textbook for early modern Mongolian written by the linguist Saišangga 賽尚阿 (1798-1875). It was printed in 1848 and is 4 juan "scrolls" long. It was an important handbook for the daily routine work of central government state officials that had to be competent in the languages Manchurian, Chinese, and Mongolian. All three languages are used to explain the grammatical and linguistic differences. In the chapter Bianlan zheng'e 便覽正訛, Saišangga provides corrigenda to the earlier three-language phrase book Sanhe bianlan 三合便覽 written by Jing Zhaigong 敬齋公.

Source: Dao Bu 道布 (1988), "Mengwen zhiyao 蒙文旨要", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Yuyan wenzi 語言•文字 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), pp. 287-288.

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