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Khitan

 

the language of the Khitans who, in ancient times, were nomads in the territories of the present-day Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region and the Mongolian People’s Republic. Khitan is presumably related to the Mongolian language group. It is represented by inscriptions of the Khitan Liao Empire (tenth to 12th centuries), which were written in a special Khitan script known as “large” (as yet unstudied) and “small.” Graphically similar to Chinese, the “small” Khitan writing was not, however, hieroglyphic, but rather syllabic, with the symbols joined together in separate units to form a word.

REFERENCES

Predvaritel’noe soobshchenie o deshifrovke kidan’skogo pis’ma. Moscow, 1964. (With an article of the same title by V. S. Starikov and V. M. Nadeliaev.)
Tamura, J., and Y. Kobayashi. Tombs and Mural Paintings of Ch’ing-Ling Liao Imperial Mausoleums of 11th Century A.D. in Eastern Mongolia. vols. 1–2. Kyoto, 1952–53.
Menges, K. “Titles and Organizational Terms of the Qytań (Liao) and Qara-Qitaj (ši-Liao).” Rocznik orientalistyczny, 1953, vol. 17.

A. B. DOLGOPOL’SKII

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