Asia's Orthographic Dilemma
University of Hawaii Press, 1 jun. 1997 - 352 páginas
With the advent of computers and the rise of East Asian economies, the complicated character-based writing systems of East Asia have reached a stage of crisis that may be described as truly millennial in scope and implications. In what is perhaps the most wide-ranging critique of the sinographic script ever written, William C. Hannas assesses the usefulness of Chinese character-based writing in East Asia today.
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Critique of Chinese CharacterBased Writing
6 Learning and Literacy
8 Appropriateness to East Asian Languages
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