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Pianya 駢雅 "The Correct Couplets"


The Pianya 駢雅 "Correct couplets" is a glossary dictionary of bisyllablic words written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Zhu Mouhan 朱謀㙔. Zhu has authored a lot of books, of which a commentary to the Shuijingzhu 水經注 is the most known. The Pianya was completed in 1587. It is a gloss book imitating the chapters of the classical glossary book Erya 爾雅. It deals with two types of words. The first are words groups, the second designations of objects, plants and animals. The earliest surviving print is included in Zhang Haipeng's collecteaneum Jieyueshanfang huichao 借月山房彙鈔. Wei Maolin 魏茂林 has written a commentary, the Pianya xunzuan 駢雅訓纂, and divided the 7 juan "scrolls" of the Pianya into 16. For each entry he added a commentary based on a vast treasury of primary sources, as well as the pronunciation for the characters. A printing of this commentary was produced in 1845 by the Youbuweizhai Studio 有不為齋.

Source: Zhou Zumo 周祖謨 (1988). "Pianya 駢雅", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Yuyan wenzi 語言文字, p. 307. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

Contents
釋詁 Shi gu Adjective verbs
釋訓 Shi xun Binome verbs
釋名稱 Shi mingcheng Names
釋宮 Shi gong Palace buildings
釋服食 Shi fushi Eating and medicine
釋器Shi qi Tools and utensils
釋天 Shi tian Heaven
釋地Shi di The earth
釋草 Shi cao Herbs
釋木 Shi mu Trees
釋蟲魚 Shi chongyu Worms, insects and fishes
釋鳥 Shi niao Birds
釋獸 Shi shou Beasts and domestic animals
Chinese literature according to the four-category system

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