I was pipped by 孙子兵法, wondering how the ancient scholars notated their text in the past. So I turned to Quora for answers:
I am reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (book) on Wikisource at the moment in Chinese. And in the first chapter, I read a portion:
Now, how was this (and other questions as well) annotated in ancient Chinese? I am pretty sure that the usage of “?” is a Western influence.
The answer came pretty fast from André Müller:
Right, the example you gave would simple be written as:
(in upward-down mode, of course)
So context helps here, and the parallelistic structures of Classical Chinese.
Interesting… Language evolves and I wonder what Chinese will be in the future.