TLS Chronology

TLS focusses on four stages of the Chinese language, for which the sources differ greatly:
 
0 Pre-Classical Archaic Chinese, which is studied on the basis of oracle bones (presented and analysed by Ken-ichi Takashima) and bronze inscriptions (presented and analysed by Ulrich Unger).
1 Pre-Buddhist Classical Chinese, which is studied on the basis of the epigraphic and traditional written sources down to the second century A.D. which have remained influential throughout the ages, but for which there is a large amount of newly discovered excavated textual evidence.
2 Medieval Colloquial Chinese, for which some of our most important sources are translations from the Sanskrit and other Buddhist colloquial writings. For this period it becomes crucial to take account of Buddhist influence on Chinese grammar and lexicon.
3 Modern Peking Chinese, for which we do at last possess the kind of primary oral evidence which was lacking for the preceding stages of the language. For this period it becomes crucial to take account of the overwhelming western influence on Chinese grammar and lexicon, and to make use of the availability of oral/filmed modern evidence.