China And Early Writing

The Chinese writing has got a deep history. During the early twentieth century, some bones containing marks were discovered. It was believed that the bones and the marks were used by the priests and kings to tell about the future. Marks were inscribed on the bones using metals with ink. The kings and priests used to write about events that they wanted to know about and then make marks on the bones. The marks signified either positive or negative outcomes. The bones would then be thrown into the fire and heated to crack. The future would be told depending on the direction that the cracks followed or pointed to. The main issues that were written on the bones found were about the weather, war, sex of the child and leadership of kingdoms. Though the bones found were dated many years ago, it showed that those who made the signs understood grammar rules that are still in use today.

Characters and symbols

After the symbols and signs had been discovered, some alphabets were created from the signs found on the bones. They came up with a list of characters of between ten and sixty letters. This was used to make the Chinese language. Each of the formed characters had two parts so as to differentiate it from the rest. The first part was the radical symbol that showed the broader topic that is represented by the character. The other part known as the phonetic described the sound of the character. Some characters were hard and were formed by combining different ideas to form one symbol. Punctuation was not much of a problem in the ancient Chinese language. However, writing started on the right-hand side of the page going downwards. The front page of an ancient Chinese writing is what the back page of the Western Union books is.

The present Chinese writing

Since the Chinese language was invented, it has undergone through a major revolution. This has significantly changed the Chinese language. Today, only two of the seven Chinese writing styles developed in the ancient time that is in use today. Wanyan and Baihua are the two Chinese methods still use today. They are very similar and bridge the gap between the ancient and the modern Chinese language, vocabulary and writings. These two have led to the development of a stunning Chinese writing style that is appreciated by many people. One of the significant changes is that Chinese writing is done from right to left and not in columns as in the ancient style.

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