The so called «Chinese writing system» is only one of the various writing systems used in China, whose openness to linguistic interferences, together with its graphic flexibility, allowed it to deeply influence other writing systems in use in China. This is what happened, for instance, to the language of the Zhuang people, which represents an extraordinary case of Chinese graphic syncretism. The common belief that China has only one language ‘with many dialects’ understandable at least in their written form is hereinafter proved to be just an illusion nurtured by the typological similarities between the languages of China, and by their writing systems.

Interferenza linguistica e illusionismo grafico in Cina

Mannoni Michele
2015-01-01

Abstract

The so called «Chinese writing system» is only one of the various writing systems used in China, whose openness to linguistic interferences, together with its graphic flexibility, allowed it to deeply influence other writing systems in use in China. This is what happened, for instance, to the language of the Zhuang people, which represents an extraordinary case of Chinese graphic syncretism. The common belief that China has only one language ‘with many dialects’ understandable at least in their written form is hereinafter proved to be just an illusion nurtured by the typological similarities between the languages of China, and by their writing systems.
978-88-6969-062-4
scrittura cinese, zhuang, fangyan zi, sistemi di scrittura, contatti
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