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Stroke systems in Chinese characters: A systemic functional perspective on simplified regular script

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From the journal Semiotica


This article makes a preliminary attempt to account for the stroke systems of Chinese characters in simplified regular script. The framework utilized is the three meta-functions in Systemic Functional Linguistics. The description observes the cases from the perspectives of the experiential, appraisal (aesthetic), and thematic semiosis of strokes and their constitutional segments to figure out the relevant systems: the line system and the point system. This process witnesses comparisons to seek, in brief though, the traces and origins of stroke development along evolution, and hence the straightening of lines and squaring of character formation. This is the first step towards a rank model of Chinese writing, the whole project of which will highlight a way to study other writing systems in the semiotic respect.

Funding statement: The 2013 Keynote Program of the Centre for Chinese Folklore, Classics and Characters, a Key Research Base of the Ministry of Education (No.: 13JJD740004).


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