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Four-Corner System
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This article describes the four-corner method, an indexing system or character retrieval system for Chinese characters. It originated in the 1920s, in a time where Republican China saw itself confronted with a myriad of revolutionary western ideas that were not readily compatible with old traditions. This article aims to shed light on the development of the four-corner method and …

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Yves TRACHSEL, “Four-Corner System”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000237>
First published online: 2015

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