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Questions related to the history of the Chinese language(s).

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Example: in Chinese, you can't* speak of siblings in a general term, and in turn you have to enumerate all 4 combinations of sex and age: 兄弟姐妹 ( older brother, younger brother, older sister, younger s …
asked Jan 1 '12 by Petruza
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My teacher says there are two main reasons for stroke order: Depending on the stroke order, the character will look one way or another. This is mainly a matter of style from times when writing was …
answered Jan 4 '12 by Petruza
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As far as I know, Zhuyin fuhao, or Bopomofo, is the first system of phonetic symbols devised to aid to write Chinese phonology. That was in 1910, so we could say very recent in the history of Chinese …
asked Feb 8 '12 by Petruza