Asia's Orthographic Dilemma (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 1997 - Computers - 338 pages
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This work examines the use of Chinese characters in East Asia. It tackles the issue from many different perspectives, along the way deflating several popular fallacies.
  

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While the book provides a degree of insight into issues within han-derived scripts, the author focuses primarily on exaggerating the issues present in an unbalanced and prejudiced argument interwoven with personal opinions and feelings, shown instantly by the early-on statement on what benefit the writing system has, stating that "the short answer is, nothing". The author tries to dispell common perceptions, which is done well. Despite this, there are even more incorrect or misinformed pieces of information brought up by the author, and the lacking of a whollistic view of the subject, merely the author's opinion, which remains strongly negative throughout the book, largely limiting in utility.
Overall, it provides some insight into the topic about which it discusses, and many issues addressed with the system itself, but largely lacks the focus on linguistics, and more on linguistic pride, often being quick to point out his own language's benefits and the faults of asian scripts, which is generally off-topic and irrelevant to the book's claimed subject of interest. The arguments presented also lack balance, meaning the book is misinforming and limiting in its legitimate value and informative utility.
 

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Contents

Chinese
3
Japanese
26
Korean
48
Vietnamese
73
Critique of Chinese CharacterBased Writing
99
5 Representation
101
6 Learning and Literacy
125
7 Reading
153
Forces for Change
205
9 The Chimera of Reform
207
10 Language Speech and Writing
231
11 Computing with Chinese Characters
258
12 Chinese Characters and East Asian Culture
277
Notes
301
Bibliography
317
Index
331

8 Appropriateness to East Asian Languages
174

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