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The Writing Systems of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese


Chinese characters are one of the most distinctive artifacts of Oriental culture. Originally developed to write the Chinese language, they were later adopted by the neighbouring Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese for the writing of their own languages. The use of Chinese characters stood as a visible symbol of the dominance of Chinese culture in East Asia. With Chinese characters came huge numbers of Chinese loanwords, which are still an important part of the vocabulary of East Asian languages.


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Added: Jan 17 2005
Category: Other Languages: Asian Languages

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