Re: writing Chinese dialects

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Thu Jan 25 2007 - 16:46:39 CST

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    On Jan 25, 2007, at 3:04 PM, Martin J. Heijdra wrote:

    > In addition to Chinese "dialects", there are also quite a few other
    > non-Chinese languages in South China which at one point or another
    > have been written with adapted Chinese characters, in ways not
    > unlike new Vietnamese or Cantonese characters were formed (and in
    > some cases very possibly predating and being the basis of the
    > latter): Dong, Bouyei, many Zhuang and other Tai language versions,
    > Yao, various Miao languages. All very dispersed and uncontrolled,
    > and certainly under researched. But I have always thought that the
    > term CJKV privileges Vietnamese in a way that's not really
    > warranted; one could start talking about CJKDBZTYMV.

    Well, Vietnam gets the privilege because it pays to participate in the
    IRG. Maybe we should more broadly advertise the fact -- participate
    in the IRG and get your own letter in the acronym for East Asian
    ideographic languages! :-)

    John H. Jenkins

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