Automated conversion, however, from simplified to traditional is not straightforward because there is not always a one-to-one mapping of a simplified character to a traditional character. One simplified character may equate to many traditional characters. As a result, a computer can be used for the bulk of the conversion but will still need final checking by a human.
Elephant Evolution of pictograms Chinese characters represent words of the language using several strategies. A few characters, including some of the most commonly used, were originally pictogramswhich depicted the objects denoted, or ideogramsin which meaning was expressed iconically.
The vast majority were written using the rebus principlein which a character for a similarly sounding word was either simply borrowed or more commonly extended with a disambiguating semantic marker to form a phono-semantic compound character. Characters in this class derive from pictures of the objects they denote.
Over time they have been standardized, simplified, and stylized to make them easier to write, and their derivation is therefore not always obvious.
Rebus was pivotal in the history of writing in China insofar as it represented the stage at which logographic writing could become purely phonetic phonographic.
These characters are composed of two parts: In most cases the semantic indicator is also the radical under which the character is listed in dictionaries.
The right-hand side in each case is a phonetic indicator. In this case it can be seen that the pronunciation of the character is slightly different from that of its phonetic indicator; the effect of historical sound change means that the composition of such characters can sometimes seem arbitrary today.
Many Chinese names of elements in the periodic table and many other chemistry-related characters were formed this way.
The term does not appear in the body of the dictionary, and is often omitted from modern systems.
The legend relates that on the day the characters were created, people heard ghosts wailing and saw crops falling like rain. Neolithic signs in China In recent decades, a series of inscribed graphs and pictures have been found at Neolithic sites in China, including Jiahu c.
Often these finds are accompanied by media reports that push back the purported beginnings of Chinese writing by thousands of years.
Oracle bone script Ox scapula with oracle bone inscription The earliest confirmed evidence of the Chinese script yet discovered is the body of inscriptions carved on oracle bones from the late Shang dynasty c. Bythe source of the bones had been traced to a village near Anyang in Henan Provincewhich was excavated by the Academia Sinica between and Overfragments have been found.
The Shang king would communicate with his ancestors on topics relating to the royal family, military success, weather forecasting, ritual sacrifices, and related topics by means of scapulimancyand the answers would be recorded on the divination material itself.
Chinese bronze inscriptions The traditional picture of an orderly series of scripts, each one invented suddenly and then completely displacing the previous one, has been conclusively demonstrated to be fiction by the archaeological finds and scholarly research of the later 20th and early 21st centuries.
As early as the Shang dynasty, oracle-bone script coexisted as a simplified form alongside the normal script of bamboo books preserved in typical bronze inscriptionsas well as the extra-elaborate pictorial forms often clan emblems found on many bronzes.
The inscription cast in bronze on the vessel commemorates a gift of cowrie shells then used as currency in China from someone of presumably elite status in Zhou dynasty society.
An inscription of some Chinese characters appears twice on the vessel. The inscription comments on state rituals that accompanied court ceremony, recorded by an official scribe.
Based on studies of these bronze inscriptions, it is clear that, from the Shang dynasty writing to that of the Western Zhou and early Eastern Zhouthe mainstream script evolved in a slow, unbroken fashion, until assuming the form that is now known as seal script in the late Eastern Zhou in the state of Qinwithout any clear line of division.Nevertheless, there's a clue about the pronunciation in 95% of all Chinese characters, which is a huge help for learning how to speak Chinese.
TAKEAWAY: Look at the component parts as a way to unlock the meaning and . The debate on traditional Chinese characters and simplified Chinese characters is an ongoing dispute concerning Chinese orthography among users of Chinese characters.
It has stirred up heated responses from supporters of both sides in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and among overseas Chinese communities with its implications of political ideology and cultural identity.
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