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

From: Jungshik Shin (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 20:36:25 EST

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Thomas Chan wrote:

> 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
> Chinese.[1]

   As for 'gugja' in Korean, its meaning is ambiguous (it could mean
Hangul as well as home-grown Hanjas in Korea) and most people in Korea
would NOT recognize the word at all. When I was asked about it by Ken
Lunde (the author of CJKV information processing), I had to ask around
(my Korean dictionary does NOT explain the word as such although some -
not all - dictionaries do ) and virtually everyone told me they had never
heard of the word as being used to mean Korean-made Hanja. We just refer
to Korean-made Hanja as 'Han-kuk-shik Hanja' (or something like that).

   Jungshik Shin

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