Three “Cultural roots – the Chinese language”
the Chinese language, its origin, development, structure
salient features that make it different from any other
language in the world.
the Chinese language. A short description of
is then discussed, followed by a review of the
Chinese pronunciation system, in particular [pinyin],
complete with the four
Issues such as association of words with sounds or
are discussed, followed by
constraints arising from the
era. The pronunciation chart of all possible word sounds
in Chinese is provided, with an example of each sound.
The chapter starts with a snapshot of
the Chinese language origin as pictograms, presenting
objects or ideas as "images" or "pictures". It then look
into the structure of Chinese characters in terms of how
words are formed through stroke combinations. Various
types of strokes and their
sequence in writing is discussed.
An important concept unique to
Chinese language, the Chinese character radicals, forms
the next part of the chapter. The radicals form part of
the building block on which characters are formed.
Different calligraphic styles in the Chinese language
are then presented, followed by examples of Chinese
fonts generated by modern day computers.
The pronunciation system, in terms of
pinyin and zhuyin, complete with the intonations, forms
the next part of discussion. A pronunciation chart of
all possible word sounds in Chinese is provided,
followed by a simple discourse of the Chinese grammar.
The chapter ends with looking at how
new words are coined or developed from existing
vocabulary, the chapter ends with a look development of
the Chinese language in the fast changing digital world.
Topics discussed in this website
includes Chinese font types,
Digital era for the