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A comparative study on Korean & Chinese simpler form of Chinese characters

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2009, (19), pp.40-54
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2009..19.003
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2009

dong-choon Ryu 1

1서강대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to compare simplification rules and the resulting figure between Korean & Chinese simpler form of Chinese characters. At first We take a look at the history of the shape of a Chinese character`s simplification, to generate simplification rules. We introduce main opinions about the time when the traditional Chinese characters appear in Korean documentary records. and we induce the simplification rules based on simpler form now widely used. According to the analysis of this paper Korean & Chinese simpler form of Chinese characters appear the same pattern in general, that is to say often used characters which the number of strokes is large are mainly simplified. However, to Koreans Chinese characters are borrowed letters anyway, and it is not easy to reflect the changing pronunciations, so the simplification of the shape is mainly used. Through the comparative studies of the simpler form and simplification rules we ultimately need to seek the smooth communication within the Sinosphere by the unification of the Korea, China and Japan`s Chinese characters.

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