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Chinese Writing
(6,766 words)

1. Introduction

The Chinese writing system is more than 3,000 years old. The oldest known documents are bone and bronze inscriptions that go back to the 13th century BCE. As these inscriptions mostly deal with divinatory (for bones) or commemorat…

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Francoise BOTTÉRO, “Chinese Writing”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000086>
First published online: 2015

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