Re: writing Chinese dialects

Date: Thu Jan 25 2007 - 21:49:39 CST

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    Quoting "John H. Jenkins" <>:

    > 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! :-)

    Some countries only permit participation in the IRG through the national body.

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    > John H. Jenkins

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