The Idea of Writing by Alex de Voogt, Irving Finkel

By Alex de Voogt, Irving Finkel

This exploration of the flexibility of writing platforms highlights their complexity after they are used to symbolize loanwords, remedy difficulties of polysemy or once they are tailored for use for an additional language. The methods from diverse educational traditions offer a different yet professional account.

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Cuneiform Number-Syllabaries. Iraq 45:136–137. Walker, C. B. F. 1987. Reading the Past. Cuneiform. British Museum Publications. SCRIPTS AND SHAPES: THE INTERPLAY OF CHINESE CHARACTERS AND JAPANESE SYLLABARIES IN EARLY MODERN JAPAN1 Margarita Winkel Adoption and Adaptation of Chinese Writing in Japan The Japanese writing system is based on Chinese characters. The semantic and phonetic qualities of Chinese characters resulted in two methods of adopting the Chinese system of writing. Chinese characters (called kanji in Japanese) were used either for their meaning or for their phonetic value.

An Anthology 1600–1900. New York. Simon, Marianne. 1998. Un cas particulier d’estampes ludiques: les images en écriture de l’époque d’Edo. In: Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident n° 20 (Du divertissement dans la Chine et le Japon anciens): 111–133. SUBSTITUTION, SUBSTITUTION, SUBSTITUTION: THE MANY FACES OF MAYA WRITING Erik Boot Introduction The Maya writing system originated and evolved in an area currently covered by south-eastern Mexico (states of Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo), Belize, Guatemala, and the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador.

5), the text that is part of the design of the figure of the book pedlar is also represented in the upper part of the picture. Column (a) represents the individual signs as they appear in the picture. Column (b) shows these signs as they normally appear in text; the way they appear on top of the text as well. Column (c) is a modern printed form of the kanji or kana sign and column (d) the alphabetic transcription. Here ‘shi’ is voiced. The voicing is indicated by the two small commas (nigori) at the upper right of the character – and is pronounced ‘ji’.

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