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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 19:01
Barry Garcia wrote:
>CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >It would get china closer to some part of the world, but again, more > >distant with some other asian nations which have had strong relations > >with china for hundreds (thousands?) of years. > >In what ways, and what Nations? > >Japan has it's own system that uses 1,946 Kanji and Hiragana and Katakana. >North Korea doesnt use Hanzi at all. South Korea uses a mixed system, but >still uses quite a bit of Hangul. Vietnam gave up Hanzi ages ago and uses >a modified Roman system. Tibet has it's own writing system.
Isn't Tibetan writing devanagari-derived? If so, switching to Roman would make the Chinese languages CLOSER to Tibetan, at least as script genetics and typology goes. Andreas
>So, what other nations are there that would make it "more distant" than it >probably already is?
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