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The Li-Variation (隶变/隸變) lìbiàn.
When the Ancient Chinese Writing Changed to Modern Chinese Script

Cornelia Schindelin
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Abstract. In textbooks of Chinese as a foreign language as well as in other introductions to the Chinese script, the reader is often shown examples of Chinese characters in their modern form along with various historical forms to demonstrate how these characters evolved towards their present shape. When Chinese script is introduced in this way, it remains quite unclear whether the inventory as a whole or the relationships between character components and complete characters underwent any significant changes. However, as is well known at least to Chinese specialists in the field, in the 1st century AD, when the scholar Xu Shen wrote the first semasiological character lexicon of Chinese, changes within the Chinese script were already well under way which did not only alter the graphical appearance of Chinese characters but would eventually change the relationships among characters and the components contained in them. These changes are described and categorized in the present paper which aims at making this historical phenomenon better known to Western specialists in the field of graphemics.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36824/2018-graf-schi


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