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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Sunday, November 3, 2002, 5:06
>Florian Rivoal wrote: >> for example, the pronoun for he/she/it has the same pronounciation >> "ta" [tha]. > >Same pronunciation as what? Or are you saying that "he", "she", and >"it" are homophones? They're not homophones, they ARE the same word! >Not all languages make the same distinctions in pronouns that English >does.
Homophones or the same word, not easy to say. I would say they are the same word in oral language, and different ones in writen language. But isn't that saying that they are homophones? 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.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
John Cowan <jcowan@...>