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The Langjun inscription is a bilingual, and the Chinese text is explicitly stated to be a translation of the Kitan. In 1860, Wylie made a study of this inscription, giving a translation of the Chinese text. It was only after the discovery of the Kitan inscriptions in the tombs of the Liao emperors at Qingling, first published by Louis Kervyn in 1924, that scholars realized that the scripts were identical. The Liaoshi refers to two Kitan scripts, the large and the small. It was not known which one was the script on the Langjun and Qingling inscriptions. In the 1950s, the Xiao Xiaozhong inscription was discovered in a different type of Kitan script. Most of the extant corpus consists of epitaphs for the Kitan nobility. There are many Chinese inscriptions from the Liao, some of which are connected with the Kitan texts.

Keywords: Chinese text; Kitan script; Langjun inscription; Qingling inscriptions

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