Re: Han character names?

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 13:11:46 EDT

At 7:54 AM -0800 7/11/00, John Cowan wrote:
>Aren't there characters used on the tortoise-shell oracle records that
>are totally unknown later? In that case, there would hardly be a
>documented pronunciation!


>(And is anything that old in CJK Supplement B?)

No. Vertical Extension B adds characters recently standardized
(e.g., JIS X 0213, HK GCCS), fills in the nooks and crannies from CNS
11643-1992, and adds what's needed to fully cover the Hanyu Da Zidian
and KangXi. Maybe they'll start on the Shuowen next and then move
back to pre-Zhou stuff. :-)

John H. Jenkins

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