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Writing System (Script)
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1. Significant Characteristics of the Chinese Script

Every script necessarily stands in a relationship with at least one spoken language and the Chinese script is no exception to this rule. The graphic element, the character, corresponds to one syllable, which carries a meaning, i.e. as a word or a part of a word. This is in contrast to those alphabets in which the graphical unit, the lette…

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Alleton, Viviane, “Writing System (Script)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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