Bernhard Karlgren

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Karlgren, Bernhard


Born Oct. 5, 1889, in Jonkoping. Swedish sinologue, member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences (1934) and of academies and scholarly societies of a number of countries.

Karlgren is the author of many studies on the history, philology, and art of ancient China. He employed linguistic methods to demonstrate the authenticity of the ancient Chinese literary monuments Tso Chuan and Chou Li. He has also done scholarly translations, with commentaries, of the ancient Chinese books Shih Ching and Shu Ching.


“Legends and Cults in Ancient China.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1946, no. 18. “The Books of Odes.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1944, nos. 16–17.
“The Book of Documents.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far EasternAntiquities, 1950, no. 22.
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We can affirm the following: the Chiehyunn and the Yunnjinq were an essential foundation for the particular techniques of phonological interpretation of written sources applied by Bernhard Karlgren and his intellectual descendants during the twentieth century.
As I have recently had occasion to point out in connection with the development of Chinese historical phonology in the twentieth century, uncritical acceptance of the errors of some of the major players, Bernhard Karlgren, Chao Yuen Ren and Li Fang-kuei, continues to bedevil the field.
In order to justify his bestowal of the title of philologist on Waley, Honey finds it necessary to defend Waley's rendering of poems in the Book of Odes against the criticism of Bernhard Karlgren, who really was a philologist and who, while acknowledging that Waley had conscientiously made use of the critical work of Qing scholars, felt that he had too often failed to explain why he chose one interpretation over another and had even altered the text for the sake of a more attractive poetic rendering.
Parker's modern reputation as a linguist appears to have been permanently determined by the contemptuous drubbing he received from Bernhard Karlgren - surely no slouch at the game of smearing one's opponents and predecessors - in the Introduction to Karlgren's Etudes:
1) Middle Chinese reconstruction are from Bernhard Karlgren, Grammata Serica Recensa [GSR], Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 29 (Stockholm, 1957), with the emendations proposed by Li Fanggui [UNKNOWN TEXT OMITTED], "Shanggu yin yanjiu" [UNKNOWN TEXT OMITTED], Tsinghua Journal of Chinese Studies 9 (1971): 1-61 (rpt.