Re: Ideograph?!?

From: Clark Cox (
Date: Mon Nov 29 2004 - 15:06:42 CST

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    On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 15:13:51 -0500, Flarn <> wrote:
    > What's an ideograph?

    An ideograph (aka ideogram) is (from

    "a picture or symbol used in a system of writing to represent a thing
    or an idea but not a particular word or phrase for it"

    > Also, what's a radical?

    A radical is, in the set of Han characters, a symbol that occurs as
    part of other ideographic characters that often serves to show common
    meaning or history to the character. In many ways, radicals are to Han
    characters as Greek and Latin roots are to English words.

    for instance, in Japanese, the character 妊 (U+598A) means "pregnant",
    and contains, as a radical the character 女(U+5973), which means

    Clark S. Cox III

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