Re: CJKV ideographic, was Re: Perception that Unicode is 16-bit (was:

From: Thomas Chan (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 19:13:34 EST

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Richard Cook wrote:

> * 'chunom' in Vietnamese [similar to (i.e., analogical) Chinese characters].

If one is going to talk about Vietnamese chu+~ no^m '"southern"
characters', then one might as well mention the Japanese kokuji 'national
characters' and Korean gugja 'national characters' as well, which are
their equivalents of "homemade" characters that do not exist in

There is also a similar phenomena in Chinese, called fangyanzi '"dialect"
character', which may be considered analogous to the above, the most well
known being the Cantonese ones, although others (Wu, Hakka, etc) do exist.

[1] There is a small chance that they might exist in Chinese, or even in
other languages, depending on the criteria for being a "national

Thomas Chan

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