Classical Chinese

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Classical Chinese, also known as Literary Chinese,Template:Efn is the language of the classic literature from the end of the Template:W through to the end of the Template:W, a written form of Template:W.

Buddhist texts, or sutras, are still preserved in Classical Chinese from the time they were composed or translated from Sanskrit and other languages.

Classical Chinese is a traditional style of written Chinese that evolved from the classical language, making it different from any modern spoken form of Chinese. Literary Chinese was used for almost all formal writing in China until the early 20th century, and also, during various periods, in Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Among Chinese speakers, Literary Chinese has been largely replaced by written vernacular Chinese, a style of writing that is similar to modern spoken Mandarin Chinese, while speakers of non-Chinese languages have largely abandoned Literary Chinese in favor of local vernaculars.

Literary Chinese is known as Template:Lang (Template:Lang) in Japanese, Template:Lang in Korean (but see also Template:Lang), and Template:Lang (Template:Lang)[1] or Template:Lang (Template:Lang)[1] in Vietnamese.


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