Chinese - An Ongoing non-Alphabetical Language
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The paper relates that the Chinese script is indigenous to China and has shown itself to be adaptable through many centuries, a pictographic and ideographic medium that can be read and used by speakers of various Han languages. The paper notes its usefulness to an imperial power and to classical literature and scholarship, and shows how it was used after 1958 to serve the Communist campaign towards mass literacy.
From the Paper:"China did not develop as an alphabetical language for reasons to come into view when one recognizes that its script is the first language of about 25 per cent of the world's population. It was used earlier in Japan, Korea and Vietnam and remains the written or printed medium of Mandarin and several other important Chinese languages. David Crystal explained how it is a single method of writing that unites Chinese and a shared literary and cultural history. (1987, 137-138) The Chinese refer to eight languages as dialects of Mandarin that are really distinct, about as close as French..."
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