Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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Editor-in-Chief: Rint SYBESMA, Leiden University

Associate Editors: Wolfgang BEHR University of Zürich, Yueguo GU Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zev HANDEL University of Washington, C.-T. James HUANG Harvard University and James MYERS National Chung Cheng University

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The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.

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Origin of the Chinese Writing System

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Author(s): William G. BOLTZ
1. Definition and Earliest Attestations In the most straightforward sense writing entails the association of the sounds of a language with graphs in a systematic and conventionally functional way, that is, in a way that all users of the graphs recognize and adhere to. To be writing, in other words, a graph must have an established, fixed and recognized sound-related value, a feature formally designated as {+P}; such writing is technically called glottographic (Sampson 1985:29; Hyman 2006). A graph may or may not also have a fixed semantic value, that is, a meaning (…
Date: 2017-03-02