Re: Chinese writing systems
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 3, 2002, 15:35|
Nik Taylor wrote:
>Florian Rivoal wrote:
> > Chinese people tend to confuse thoses prounoun when they speak
> > englsih, this would indicate they are not homophones, but the same
> > words. Yet, the writen form has three distinct characters.
>True. But, those extra forms were devised to be more like the European
>languages. There was originally just one written form.
What possessed the Chinese to introduce this distinction in writing? I mean,
they've not exactly did everything they've been able to to westernize their
writing in more weighty ways.
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