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Nǚshū 女書 (Women's Script)
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1. Introduction

From the mid-19th century until the late 20th century, the women of Jiāngyǒng 江永 county in Húnán wrote letters, narratives, and songs in a script known as “Women’s Script” or Nǚshū 女書 (Idema 1996:7, 19). The script was mostly used in Shāngjiāngxūxiāng 上江虛鄉, in the northern part of the county, and its immediate surroundings (Chiang 1995:1).

While the men of Jiāngyǒng were taught the standard…

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Daan VAN ESCH, “Nǚshū 女書 (Women's Script)”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000303>
First published online: 2015

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