Characters and Words

Janet Zhiqun Xing

in Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9789622097629
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207479 | DOI:

Series: Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Characters and Words

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This chapter focuses on the writing form of the Chinese language or the hanzi. Chinese characters are often regarded as logographic writing which is categorically different from alphabetical writing. Whereas alphabet writing is derived from syllables, Chinese characters are derived from graphs. This chapter provides a discussion of the current practices in teaching and learning Chinese characters in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The chapter also discusses the integrated model of teaching and learning Chinese characters.

Keywords: writing form; Chinese language; hanzi; Chinese characters; logographic writing

Chapter.  11676 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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