Re: Han character names?

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 09:58:32 EDT

At 7:47 AM -0600 7/11/00, Jon Babcock wrote:
> > Whichever one you pick, some ideographs have multiple
>> pronunciations, and a lot have no pronunciation.
>I wonder if someone could point to a just one Chinese graph in the
>Unicode CJK Unified "Ideographs" that has no documented
>pronunciation. I didn't know such critters actually existed.

Some have no documented Chinese pronunciation. Some have no
documented Japanese pronunciation. Some have no documented Korean
pronunciation. That was my point. (And in any event, since the names
have to be unique, it would be hard to use pronunciation for code
point names and give every ideograph a unique name.)

Some of the ideographs are derived from colloquial Cantonese and
therefore have no Mandarin pronunciation. Just off the top of my
head, U+66F1 and U+7534 are may be such.

Just glancing through the code charts, I see U+3514, which is looks
rather un-Chinese to me; I'm assuming that it has no Chinese

John H. Jenkins

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