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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 20:21
Yoon Ha writes:

>Florian Rivoal wrote: > >>Yes, they mainly use hangul. but also use quite a lot of hanzi, (called >>hanja, if i ma corect). >> >You're correct (that's a tensified or fortis [tS], if it matters). The >two linguistics books I have on Korean as well as my mom note that the >amount of hanj'a being used regularly is steadily going down, e.g. in >newspapers. If you're doing scholarly stuff, especially history, I >imagine that doesn't help. ^_^
I read in an article in one of the Taiwanese equivalents to "Time" a while back that proficiency in even the basic characters needed is on the wane. One of the examples cited was that characters were still required for names on legal documents like driver's licenses. Trouble was, if a policeman pulled you over for something, chances were he had no way of reading it. I thought Korean only used a couple of hundred hanj'a in common use (strictly limited to newspaper headlines and the like), but enthusiasm is diminishing radically to learning even those. Kou