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The Chinese writing system (script) denotes meaning. Those accustomed to letters that represent sounds or syllables require a help system in order to learn and use the Chinese language. Such a system is necessary in order to express Chinese pronunciations with letters from the learners' respective mother language. The transfer of sounds from one writing system to another is called phonetic transcription. Transliterations…

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Kaden, Klaus, “Transcriptions”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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