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This chapter discusses the approaches to the huoyong (HY) one can generally encounter in mainstream Chinese literature and the dealing with the views of particular Western scholars. This is a matter not only of convenience, the organization is also justified by the fact that the two traditions of Classical Chinese (CC) description have not interacted very intensively, and to a certain extent they form scientific worlds of their own. This is especially true for Chinese scholars, whose papers have recently strikingly lacked any reference to any kind of Western scholarship and to general linguistic works. But neither have Western researchers drawn very eagerly on Chinese secondary sources, and it is actually not to their merit that the mainstream theories of language have been elaborated in Europe and the USA under the hegemony of English, so that they have been easily accessible to them and naturally formed their linguistic education.

Keywords: Classical Chinese (CC); huoyong (HY); linguistic education; Western scholars

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