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 LANGUAGE & CULTURE

 THE CHINESE IDEOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A28008795


This site enlists and defines the different writing systems throughout History since their invention in Ancient Sumer (4000 BC) and the different ways of writing down the languages we speak such as Alphabets, Abjads, Syllabaries and Ideograms.

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http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761565349/alphabet.html


Giving emphasis on the Alphabet, this site outlines the most common types of writing being used in the world today, while giving special attention to the cases of both Chinese and Japanese alternative systems.

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http://epistemic-forms.com/Project-2.html


Robert St.Clair analyses different graphic writing systems such as Egyptian and Mayan Hieroglyphics, Sign Language and Arabic Morphology, focusing the Chinese system and its organization in a different visual and cognitive space.

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http://www.pinyin.info/readings/texts/ideographic_myth.html


Pinyin defends the use of romanization as a suitable writing system for Mandarin Chinese, while criticizes th use of ideographic symbols, classifying them as a myth.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideographic


Wikipedia shows the concepts of ideograms in a easy, didactic way, offering various related subjects such as Arabic numerals and mathematical notations, among others..

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character


Chinese characters and their variations are here presented, introducing the idea of 'logogram' and giving examples of Hanzi characters reproduced in other Asiatic languages such as Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logogram


This site deepens the concepts of the logogrammatical systems, focusing the Chinese character classification and its Japanese and Korean derivations.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_language


Chinese Sinitic language is historically and geographically presented in this site, through the analysis of its both spoken and written variations, outlining its phonetics, phonologics, grammar and morphology.

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http://www.zhongwen.com/


Current Chinese is presented in this web site as a language “alone among modern languages”, due to its peculiar writing system capable of joining 'meaning' and 'pronunciation' in its characters. Also, some cultural facts are herein analysed, which organized in a tree-system in order to make the navigation easier.

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http://www.omniglot.com/writing/chinese.htm


Ominiglot is a worldwide reference whenever we talk about the writing systems of different languages throughout the world. Chinese writing is particularly analysed in details, from its origins, evolution, current types etc, adding interesting information concerning the Braille system used for Chinese.

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http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/Language/chinese_write.htm


In our modern world, computer plays a crucial role in the exchange of information for the most different purposes. IME (Input Method Editor) is an auxiliary system which enables to write Chine using MS Windows platform scripts like Word for Windows. Learn how by accessing its above mentioned FAQ directory.

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http://chineseculture.about.com/library/extra/character/bls_characters.htm


A collection of Chinese characters is here listed, as a tool for a quicker translation of our daily necessities for basic communication. There is also an index and a list of other related links of interest.

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http://logos.uoregon.edu/explore/orthography/chinese.html


Chinese Ancient characters are now analysed under the perpective of the variations in writing, also introducing the history of minister Ts'ang Chieh, a member of Emperor Huang Ti court, who is pointed as the inventor of Chinese writing.

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http://www.micheloud.com/FXM/LA/safo.htm


This interesting site presents the artificial ideographic writing system SAFO, invented by two German professors, which can be understood by anyone, because it represnts only ideas, not sounds.

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http://www.logoi.com/notes/non-ideographic-chinese-writing.html


In opposition to the great majority of other sites, Logoi website states that Chinese writing has a non-ideographic nature but lexigraphic, according to american researcher Peter Du Ponceus, LL.D., while alphabetical or syllabical representaions are more representatives of sounds than meaning.

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http://www.pinyinology.com/ontology/chouxiang8.html


With a formal philosophical approach, this study of Pinyin relates ideographic Chinese writing and abstract thought, as drawings predecessed written representations of human utterances.

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http://www.pti.com.br/view/livro_resenha.php?lid=74806


In order to better understand languages and in all their dimensions, it is also necessary to understand the countries or nations in which they are spoken. This site presents some titles published by respected researches, like Professo Immanuel Hsu, from UCLA, among other books published by P.T.I. - Publicações Técnicas Internacionais.

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http://www.wwu.edu/cms/WWU.Chinese/Courses/EAS230.html


This Western Washington University website details a course offered by this institution on Modern Chinese Society and Langage, with detailed information about objectives and contents, giving the exact dimension of the growing influence of China in our contemporary international relations.

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http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/caz/chin.shtml


The well-known and respected University of Oxford maintains a post-graduate center which offers a MSc degree in Modern Chinese Studies, which includes Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, History, International Relations and Politics.

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http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9106241/Chinese-literature


This Encyclopædia Britannica Article presents Chinese Literature through works of different genres, including lyric poetry, historical and didactic writing, drama, and various forms of fiction.

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http://www.omniglot.com/writing/chinese_simplified.htm


Due to the complexity of the Chinese Ancient writing, extra efforts were required in order to eradicate illiteracy. This Omniglot site presents the list of all Simplified Chinese Characters, officially adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1949.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Chinese_character


This is the Wikipedia version about simplified Chinese characters, which brings some extra information on its distribution and use, as well as further details about education in China and neighborhoods, besides computed encoding and web pages available in Mandarin Chinese language.

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http://www.khngai.com/chinese/tools/convert.php


This tool converts simplified Chinese characters to traditional Chinese characters and vice versa, very useful for educational puposes.

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http://rishida.net/scripts/chinese/


Richard Ishida investigates the difference between simplified & traditional Chinese according to the Unicode a character encoding standard that allows computers to consistently represent and manipulate texts of any existing system of writing, through a pattern consisting on a repertoire of about 100 000 characters, as well as a set of diagrams of codes for visual reference, besides rules for standardization, decomposition, alphabetical sorting and rendering.

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http://www.camarabrasilchina.com.br/pg_dinamica/bin/pg_dinamica.php?id_pag=1409


China has also an important role in Brazil's growing insertion in the international environment. This website from Câmara Brasil China brings various topics concerning the relationship between both countries, giving special emphasis to the diffusion of Mandarin as a business language in Brazil and the World.

 

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