Dr. David Sehnal

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen

2008 - 2011 Head of Sinology and Vietnamese Studies at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Charles University, Prague

Home Institution: Charles University Prague (Czech Republic)

IKGF Visiting Fellow September 2013 - August 2013

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Oracle Bone inscriptions from the Bingbian collection

Curriculum Vitae

Dr David Sehnal was born on 30th of September 1964 in Kroměříž, Czechoslovakia. In 1988, he graduated in Sinology at the Department of Oriental Studies, Leningrad State University. From 1990-1994, he studied the history of Chinese Language as M.A. programme at Beijing University, the theme of his thesis being "Predicative Verbs in the Book of Mengzi". From 1994 to 2011, he was employed at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Charles University in Prague. From 2008-2011, holding the position of the head of Sinology and Vietnamese Studies, he taught a wide range of subjects, mainly the Grammar of Modern and Classical Chinese, Theoretical Grammar of Chinese, History of the Chinese Language, History of Chinese Philosophy, Structure of Non-flective Languages, etc. Since 2003, he has cooperated with the University of Vienna, teaching Classical Chinese on annual intensive courses. From 2010-2011, he was based at Beijing University as a visiting Professor. Since 2011, he has been living in Beijing. In 2009, he enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Charles University and, in February 2012, he successfully defended his thesis: "Book of Laozi. A Translation with Philological Notes".

Selected Publications

Books and Editions

  • Co-editor of Learner's Dictionary of Chinese Language by Prof. O. Å varný (1998-2000).
  • Co-editor of Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (2000-present)
  • - Book of Laozi. Translation from Old Chinese, 2009


  • Methods of Prosodic and Syntactic Analysis of Mandarin, in: Journal of Chinese Linguistics, 17/2001 (together with Hana Třísková) 2001, S. 81-118
  • Survey of Tongshan Dialect, Hubei Province, in: Acta Universitatis Carolinae XIV/2002.
  • Origin and Modality of the particle ye in Old Chinese, in: Studia Orientalia Slovaca 2005.