Wei-Fu research

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Methods
This paper will briefly analyze the origin of Traditional Chinese characters, and the way Simplified Chinese characters evolved from Traditional Chinese characters. Phenomenon of using Traditional/Simplified Chinese characters all over the world will be included in the paper, too. I will focus on whether Traditional Chinese character will become a dead language, and also why and how Traditional Chinese character should be acquisitive.

Literature Review
Sirr(1977) states that the written characters used by the Chinese and elaborates on various styles of writing. There are various modes of writing the same character; therefore, acquiring a complete and perfect knowledge of the written language has many difficulties. Moreover, Chinese use the symbolic mode of expressing things and ideas, each character is the symbol of a word, or signifying a sentence. Li introduces Chinese and gives the idea that Chinese will become more widely used throughout the world. Li also explains the way Chinese characters form, 4 tones in pingyi, and the Traditional/Simplified Chinese characters. Liu(2001) presents information about how and why People's Republic of China simplified Han-characters. It was a policy to reform Han-characters, 3 major movements in communist China, which were simplified Han-characters, Han-dialect spelling and Mandarin promotion. At last the paper recommend the schools both in Taiwan and Mainland China to teach students read traditional characters and write simplified characters. Chen(2005) discusses the literature masterpiece in Chinese history, Shuowenjiezi. It constructed the stylistic rules, layout arranged in character component and character form order.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Annotated Bibliography

Zhang Li "English in China and Chinese in the World" Southeast University, China
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/1505_EnglishinChinaandChineseintheworld.doc
This paper consists of 2 parts. The first part analyses English learning and teaching in China. The second part introduces Chinese and gives the idea that Chinese will become more widely used throughout the world.
In the second part, it gives some example to show the pictographic and ideographic of Chinese. Moreover, the paper talks about how Chinese characters form, 4 tones in pingyi, and a brief explanation about simplified Chinese character and traditional Chinese character.


Sun-Chi Liu "The Evolution of Simplified Chinese Characters in People's Republic of China" National Chengchi University. May 2001. Volume: 18 Page: 131-166
http://www.ceps.com.tw/ec/ecjnlarticleView.aspx?atliid=6972&issueiid=1594&jnliid=387
How and why People's Republic of China simplified Han-characters. It was a policy to reform Han-characters, 3 major movements in communist China, which were simplified Han-characters, Han-dialect spelling and Mandarin promotion. At last the paper recommend the schools both in Taiwan and Mainland China to teach students read traditional characters and write simplified characters.


Xi Chen "Shuowenjiezi's Contribution to History of Chinese Philology" National Chengchi University. July 2005. Volume: 31 Issue: 3 Page: 133-135
http://www.ceps.com.tw/ec/ecjnlarticleView.aspx?atliid=176385&issueiid=13006&jnliid=2546
Shuowenjiezi is a literature masterpiece in Chinese history. It constructed the stylistic rules, layout arranged in character component and character form order.


Chen Hongwei "Cultural Differences and Translation" Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. Jan 1999.
http://www.erudit.org/revue/meta/1999/v44/n1/002224ar.html
This paper analyses detailed Chinese characters, includes 1. IMAGE AND FUCTION; 2. INTEGRITY AND INDIVIDUALITY; 3. COVERTNESS AND OVERTNESS; 4. A UNIQUE CHINESE EMPHASIS ON BEAUTY THROUGH BALANCE; 5. THOUGHT AND FORM. Even the paper discusses mostly about the translation between English and Chinese, still I think there's much useful information for my research paper.

Henry Charles Sirr (1977). China and the Chinese-Their Religion, Character, customs, and Manufactures. Taiwan. Southern Materials Center, INC.
This chapter analyses the written characters used by the Chinese and elaborates on various styles of writing. There are various modes of writing the same character, therefore, acquiring a complete and perfect knowledge of the written language has many difficulties. Moreover, Chinese use the symbolic mode of expressing things and ideas, each character is the symbol of a word, or signifying a sentence.

Thesis: Traditional Chinese character, the next Latin?

One subject has been widely discussed lately, whether the United Nations wants to abolish Traditional Chinese Character and adopt the Simplified Chinese Character.
The two forms of Chinese characters have both existed for many years, and either one shouldn't be the only form of Chinese written language.
We have to preserve Traditional Chinese Character, as part of 5000-year Chinese cultural assets. Therefore, Traditional Chinese Character can not become the dead language, or with the loss of language, we would regret for the loss of culture, history and heritage in the future.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I found some resources which might be useful for my research writing.

http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/1505_EnglishinChinaandChineseintheworld.doc
English in China and Chinese in the World
Zhang Li
Southeast University, China
The author gives some history/information about Chinese characters. I think it's quite interesting and I'll see if I could use it in my research paper.

http://www.ceps.com.tw/ec/ecjnlarticleView.aspx?atliid=6972&issueiid=1594&jnliid=387
The Evolution of Simplified Chinese Characters in People's Republic of China
Sun-Chi Liu
National Chengchi University
How and why People's Republic of China simplified Han-characters.
This might be a very important source!! :)

http://www.ceps.com.tw/ec/ecjnlarticleView.aspx?atliid=176385&issueiid=13006&jnliid=2546
Shuowenjiezi's Contribution to History of Chinese Philology
Xi Chen
National Chengchi University
Shuowenjiezi, a literature masterpiece in Chinese history.
Probably I could get some idea about character component and character form order from this paper.

http://www.erudit.org/revue/meta/1999/v44/n1/002224ar.html
Chen Hongwei
Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China
Analyse detailed Chinese characters

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Preliminary outline

I. History of simplified/traditional Chinese characters
A. The origin of traditional Chinese character
B. How simplified Chinese character evolved from traditional Chinese characters?


II. Phenomenon of using simplified/traditional Chinese characters all over the world
A. Usage of traditional Chinese character
B. Usage of simplified Chinese character

III. Why we insist traditional Chinese character
A. To maintain the beauty of traditional Chinese character
B. Prevent traditional Chinese character become a dead language

IV. How we insist traditional Chinese character
A. Keep using traditional Chinese character in Taiwan
B. Strengthen Taiwan's international position, encourge foreigners to learn traditional Chinese character

V. Traditional Chinese character should be acquisitive

Research topics:
Chinese characters, simplified/traditional characters
living language/dead language

Questions:
Should we insist on the traditional character we've been using at all times or start to learn simplified character in order to follow the international fad?
What if no one in the world use the traditional character except Taiwan?
The traditional character becomes the dead language gradually?
Which character do Taiwanese prefer?
Advantages of both characters?