An overview of the chinese writing system

Influence As the only indigenous and the oldest writing system in East Asia, the Chinese writing system became the inspiration and the basis for many other East Asian writing systems, some prominent and still in use, while other having faded into obscurity and disuse.

Chu Nom never attained an official status such as that of Chinese in Vietnam and only remained in the domain of literary elites. At first the Japanese wrote fully in Chinese, but over time the Chinese script was adopted to represent Japanese words, syntax, and grammar. Despite the lingering complexity of Japanese writing, Japan maintains one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

Consequently, scholars have been using oracle bones as historical documents to investigate the reigns of later Shang monarchs, and surprisingly confirming the veracity of the traditional list of Chinese emperors that was deemed mythological rather than historical. Part of the reason for its complexity is the incongruity of the Chinese and Japanese spoken languages.

The earliest known examples of Japanese writing, dating back to the 5th and 6th Centuries A. Hashimoto had shown that Old Japanese had eight vowels, Dr. The system was not intended to replace the logographic script but to indicate the sounds of graphs in dictionaries and to supplement graphs on such things as road signs and posters.

The first four phases of Chinese writing trace the first 1,year history of Chinese and essentially encompass the evolution from a nascent pictographic and ambiguous writing script to a standardized system containing thousands of characters still in use today.

English is a Germanic language, despite heavy influences from two Italic languages, French and Latin, and from other languages more closely related to it Norse. Vowel harmony is common in Altaic and Uralic languages, such as Turkish and Finnish, and later I will show how it has been used to support theories relating Japanese to these groups.

And beyond that, scientific evidence supports their relationship: The earliest writing consisted of carved inscriptions. Note that the phonetic complement actually means "man", but here it is not used for its semantic value, only for its phonetic value.

The development of English which used to differentiate between short and long vowels shows a similar change in the opposite direction. Visually it became increasingly more linear, more stylized and less resembling of the natural objects.

Regardless of its actual age, Chinese has evolved substantially over time yet has retained its ancient core, making it one of the longest continuously used writing system in the world.

The largest non-Han group in China, the Zhuanghave for over years used Chinese characters. Because of all these similarities, nearly all theories incorporate Korean into the equation, even if their main thrust is another language group.

Written Chinese

Simplification, however, tends to make the characters more similar in appearance; thus they are more easily confused and the value of the reform is limited.

Some dictionaries include almost one-seventh of all characters in this list. These symbols are thought to be family or clan emblems that identify the ownership or provenance of the pottery or jades. At best we can say is that the symbols were precursors to Chinese writing.

Accordingly, dictionaries often include a list of hard to locate characters, indexed by total stroke count, near the beginning of the dictionary.

Together they are loosely called the Sinitic family of scripts, which includes the following scripts. It is still a poorly understood script.

So I see the abundance of improbable evidence as significant support for the relationship between Japanese and the Altaic languages. At any rate, I am content with Japanese as an independent language, an integral part of a beautiful culture, and a self-sufficient creature with its own personality.

I find the sheer volume of evidence to be convincing by itself. Assessment Most scholars now believe that neither the logographic Chinese writing system nor the alphabetic Indo-European writing system possesses any overall advantage.

However, other Chinese-speaking places such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and various Chinese communities in Southeast Asia and the Americas rejected this new system and continued to use the traditional script.

However, exactly when this switch happened is unknown. Not only did the principle of the script change with time, so too did the form of the graphs. For example, Altaic languages include many cases of vowel harmony, like that found in Finnish. It is these invariant units of sound and meaning that are represented by distinctive logographs.Ancient Chinese writing evolved from the practice of divination during the Shang Dynasty ( BCE).

Some theories suggest that images and markings on pottery shards found at Ban Po Village are evidence of an early writing system but this claim has been challenged repeatedly.

Ban Po was. Written Chinese is not based on an alphabet or syllabary, so Chinese dictionaries, as well as dictionaries that define Chinese characters in other languages, cannot easily be alphabetized or otherwise lexically ordered, as English dictionaries are.

AbstractThis is a detailed description of the Chinese writing system. It is intended to provide a sound background for research in Chinese written language processing and disorders.

Many issues raised here are important for interpreting and understanding Chinese language processing in general and Chinese aphasics in particular. The Chinese writing system is unique in many respects. First, China is an enormous country with two main languages: Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese.

From these two languages sprouted many different dialects.

List of writing systems

The Chinese writing system was the one unifying element that brought all these languages into one standard written.

This is a list of writing systems (or scripts), classified according to some common distinguishing are at least 3, languages that make use of an established writing system.

The usual name of the script is given first; the name of the language(s) in which the script is written follows (in brackets), particularly in the case.

An Overview of the History of the Japanese Language Draft Daniel J. Vogler 20 March Linguistics Cynthia Hallen.

An Overview of the History of The Japanese Language. Theories have sprung up to explain the origin of the Japanese language until they have become as varied as the seasons. The writing system of Japanese is .

An overview of the chinese writing system
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