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Classification in language

Classification in language

by Chad Ryan

 

Classification, as the act of forming classes according to common relations, is a recurrent attribute of language syntax across different languages, with English, Chinese, and romance languages such as Italian being just examples. Classification in…

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Chinese radicals

Chinese radicals


In the Chinese script there are many characters, however most of these characters are actually made of two or more other characters. These 部首, or radicals, have since the year 1615 been officially recognised as numbering 214 in total. Here is a list of these characters for refe…

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Chinese Pīnyīn and Zhùyīn Equivalent Sounds

Chinese Pīnyīn and Zhùyīn Equivalent Sounds

 

Chinese characters provide little indication toward how a Chinese word is pronounced in speech, as Chinese script is not a phonetic script. Two systems for transcribing Chinese Mandarin sounds on paper phonetically are pīnyīn and zhùyīn. Pīnyīn is…

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