[KS] formal question (which version of Chinese characters?)

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Sat May 23 18:33:49 EDT 2015

Hello Professor Best:

Yes, Andrew's argument is a strong one. Thanks for that.
So, publications always "as they are" (in terms of character versions), 
which, by the way, not what is otherwise done following most 
bibliographic conventions (e.g., we disregard the capitalization of the 
original, except for historic texts).

As for personal names, though, I suppose you would not go by the same 
rule or convention, yes? (I would not.) For example, you would not 
write "Deng Xiaoping 邓小平" in a text that otherwise deals with 
contemporary KOREA, and for a publication that mostly deals with Korea, 
but 鄧小平 -- correct?

And how about terminology -- no direct quotes (see my examples from the 
first mail)?


On Sat, 23 May 2015 15:48:46 +0000, Best, Jonathan wrote:
> Dear Frank,
> I wholly agree with Andrew and will add that in the instance of a 
> long running journal that has been around long enough to have the 
> kind of graphs used in its title, etc. pass through a change or two, 
> I'd use the graphs employed when the particular number of the journal 
> being cited was issued.
> Jonathan
> From: Koreanstudies [koreanstudies-bounces at koreanstudies.com] on 
> behalf of Andrew [zatouichi at gmail.com]
> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 12:35 PM
> To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
> Subject: Re: [KS] formal question (which version of Chinese characters?)
> Dear Frank,
> I claim no expertise on this topic, but just to offer an opinion: 
> unless making a political statement, I'd have thought it's always 
> best to reproduce whatever has been used in the original publication.
> Although obviously closely related, traditional, Simplified and 
> Japanese kanji are now - synchronically speaking - independent 
> scripts used to represent different languages. (Anecdotally, when I 
> very briefly worked at a Japanese company, they complained when I 
> typed Japanese 青い with Korean 靑 as they didn't regarded it to be 
> the same).
> sincerely
> Andrew

Frank Hoffmann

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