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Written Chinese (Chinese: 中文; pinyin: Zhōngwén) is a writing system that uses Chinese characters and other symbols to represent the Chinese languages. Chinese characters do not directly represent pronunciation, unlike letters in an alphabet or syllabograms in a syllabary. Rather, the writing system is morphosyllabic: characters are one spoken syllable in length, but generally correspond to morphemes in the language, which may either be independent words, or part of a polysyllabic word. Most characters are constructed from smaller components that may reflect the character's meaning or pronunciation.[1] Literacy requires the memorization of thousands of characters; college-educated Chinese speakers know about 4,000.[2][3] This has led in part to the adoption of complementary transliteration systems as a means of representing the pronunciation of Chinese.[4]

Chinese writing has been traced back to the late Shang dynasty c. 1200–1050 BCE,[5][6][7] but the process of creating characters is thought to have begun some centuries earlier in the Late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, c. 2500–2000 BCE.[8][9] After a period of variation and evolution, Chinese characters were standardized under the Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE).[10] Over the millennia, these characters have evolved into well-developed styles of Chinese calligraphy.[11] As the varieties of Chinese diverged, a situation of diglossia developed, with speakers of mutually unintelligible varieties able to communicate through writing using Classical Chinese.[12] In the early 20th century, Classical Chinese was replaced in this role by written vernacular Chinese, corresponding to Standard Chinese, a form based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. Although most other varieties of Chinese are not written, there are traditions of written Cantonese, written Shanghainese and written Hokkien, among others.


A 12th-century Song dynasty redaction of the Shuowen Jiezi

Written Chinese is not based on an alphabet or syllabary.[13] Most characters are analyzable as compounds of smaller components, which may be assembled according to several different principles. Characters and components may reflect aspects of meaning or pronunciation. The best known exposition of Chinese character composition is the Shuowen Jiezi, compiled by Xu Shen c. 100 CE. Xu did not have access to the earliest forms of Chinese characters, and his analysis is not considered to fully capture the nature of the writing system.[14] Nevertheless, no later work has supplanted the Shuowen Jiezi in terms of breadth, and it is still relevant to etymological research today.[15]

Derivation of characters

Main article: Chinese character classification

According to the Shuowen Jiezi, Chinese characters are developed on six basic principles.[16] (These principles, though popularized by the Shuowen Jiezi, were developed earlier; the oldest known mention of them is in the Rites of Zhou, a text from c. 150 BCE.[17]) The first two principles produce simple characters, known as ; wén:[16]

  1. Pictographs (象形; xiàngxíng): in which the character is a graphical depiction of the object it denotes.

    Examples: ; rén; 'person', ; ; 'sun', ; ; 'tree'.

  2. Indicatives, or ideographs (指事; zhǐshì): in which the character represents an abstract notion.

    Examples: ; shàng; 'up', ; xià; 'down', ; sān; 'three'.

The remaining four principles produce complex characters historically called ; (although this term is now generally used to refer to all characters, whether simple or complex). Of these four, two construct characters from simpler parts:[16]

  1. Logical aggregates (会意; 會意; huìyì): in which two or more parts are used for their meaning. This yields a composite meaning, which is then applied to the new character.

    Example: ; ; dōng; 'east', which represents a sun rising in the trees.

  2. Phonetic complexes (形声; 形聲; xíngshēng): in which one part—often called the radical—indicates the general semantic category of the character (such as being 'water'- or 'eye'-related), and the other part is another character, used for its phonetic value.

    Example: ; qíng; 'clear (weather)', which is composed of ; ; 'sun', and ; qīng; 'grue', which is used for its pronunciation.

The last two principles do not produce new written forms; instead, they transfer new meanings to existing forms:[16]

  1. Transference (转注; 轉注; zhuǎnzhù): in which a character, often with a simple, concrete meaning takes on an extended, more abstract meaning.

    Example: ; wǎng, which was originally a pictograph depicting a fishing net. Over time, it has taken on an extended meaning, covering any kind of lattice: for instance, it is the word used to refer to computer networks.

  2. Borrowing (假借; jiǎjiè): in which a character is used, either intentionally or accidentally, for some entirely different purpose.

    Example: ; ; 'elder brother' is not attested in formal writing prior to the Tang dynasty, and was created from the leftmost component of the more ancient character ; ; 'to sing'. The ancient character ; xiōng meaning 'elder brother' continues to be used in idioms and formal writing, whereas is used in daily conversation in most Chinese dialects. Some dialects such as Minnan which retain features of spoken Old Chinese continue to use exclusively for 'elder brother' in daily conversation.

In contrast to the popular conception of written Chinese as ideographic, the vast majority of characters—about 95% of those in the Shuowen Jiezi—either reflect elements of pronunciation, or are logical aggregates.[1] In fact, some phonetic complexes were originally simple pictographs that were later augmented by the addition of a semantic root. An example is ; zhù; 'candle' ('lampwick', now archaic), which was originally a pictograph of a lamp stand , a character that is now pronounced zhǔ and means 'host', or the character ; huǒ; 'fire' was added to indicate that the meaning is fire related.[18]

Chinese characters are written to fit into a square, even when composed of two simpler forms written side-by-side or top-to-bottom. In such cases, each form is compressed to fit the entire character into a square.[19]


Main article: Chinese character strokes

Character components can be further subdivided into individual written strokes. The strokes of Chinese characters fall into eight main categories: "horizontal" , "vertical" , "left-falling" 丿, "right-falling" , "rising", "dot" , "hook" , and "turning" , , .[20]

There are eight basic rules of stroke order in writing a Chinese character:

  1. Horizontal strokes are written before vertical ones.
  2. Left-falling strokes are written before right-falling ones.
  3. Characters are written from top to bottom.
  4. Characters are written from left to right.
  5. If a character is framed from above, the frame is written first.
  6. If a character is framed from below, the frame is written last.
  7. Frames are closed last.
  8. In a symmetrical character, the middle is drawn first, then the sides.

These rules do not strictly apply to every situation and are occasionally violated.[21]


Main articles: Horizontal and vertical writing in East Asian scripts and Chinese punctuation

Chinese written from top-to-bottom on restaurant and bus stop signs in Hong Kong

As characters are essentially rectilinear and are not joined with one another, written Chinese does not require a set orientation. Chinese texts were traditionally written in columns from top to bottom, which were laid out from right to left. Prior to the 20th century, Literary Chinese used little to no punctuation, with the breaks between sentences and phrases determined largely by context and the rhythms implied by patterns of syllables.[22]

In the 20th century, the layout used in Western scripts—where text is written in rows from left to right, which are laid out from top to bottom—became predominant in mainland China, where it was mandated by the Chinese government in 1955. Vertical layouts are still used for aesthetic effect, or when space limitations require it, such as on signage or book spines.[23] The government of Taiwan followed suit in 2004 for official documents, but vertical layouts have persisted in some books and newspapers.[24]

Less frequently, Chinese is written in rows from right to left, usually on signage or banners, though a left to right orientation remains more common.[25]

The use of punctuation has also become more common. In general, punctuation occupies the width of a full character, such that text remains visually well-aligned in a grid. Punctuation used in simplified Chinese shows clear influence from that used in Western scripts, though some marks are particular to Asian languages. For example, there are double and single quotation marks (『 』 and 「 」), and a hollow full stop (。), which is used to separate sentences in an identical manner to a Western full stop. A special mark called an enumeration comma (、) is used to separate items in a list, as opposed to the clauses in a sentence.


A tortoise plastron bearing oracle bone script

Chinese is one of the oldest continually-used writing-systems still in use.[26] The earliest generally accepted examples of Chinese writing date back to the reign of the Shang king Wu Ding (1250–1192 BCE). These were divinatory inscriptions on oracle bones, primarily ox scapulae and turtle shells. Characters were carved on the bones in order to frame a question; the bones were then heated over a fire and the resulting cracks were interpreted to determine the answer. Such characters are known as the oracle bone script.[8]

In 2003, some 11 isolated symbols carved on tortoise shells were found at Jiahu, an archaeological site in the Henan province of China, some bearing a striking resemblance to certain modern characters, such as ; ; 'eye'. Since the Jiahu site dates from about c. 6600 BCE, it predates the earliest confirmed Chinese writing by more than 5,000 years. Dr Garman Harbottle, of the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, US, who headed a team of archaeologists at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Anhui province, has suggested that these symbols were precursors of Chinese writing, but Professor David Keightley, of the University of California, Berkeley, US whose field of expertise is the origins of Chinese civilization in the Neolithic and early Bronze Ages, employing archaeological and inscriptional evidence, suggests that the time gap is too great for a connection.[27]

Left: Bronze ; fāngzūn ritual wine container dated c. 1000 BCE. The inscription on the vessel commemorates a gift of cowrie shells in Zhou dynasty society. Right: Bronze ; fāngyí ritual container dated c. 1000 BCE. An inscription of some 180 Chinese characters appears twice on the vessel, commenting on state rituals that accompanied a court ceremony.

From the late Shang dynasty, Chinese writing evolved into the form found in cast inscriptions on Chinese ritual bronzes made during the Western Zhou dynasty (c. 1046–771 BCE) and the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BCE), a kind of writing called 金文; jīnwén; 'metal script'. Jinwen characters are less angular and angularized than the oracle bone script. Later, in the Warring States period (475–221 BCE), the script became still more regular, and settled on a form, called 六国文字; liùguó wénzì; 'script of the six states', that Xu Shen used as source material in the Shuowen Jiezi. These characters were later embellished and stylized to yield the seal script, which represents the oldest form of Chinese characters still in modern use. They are used principally for signature seals, or chops, which are often used in place of a signature for Chinese documents and artwork. Li Si promulgated the seal script as the standard throughout the empire during the Qin dynasty, then newly unified.[10]

Seal script in turn evolved into the other surviving writing styles; the first writing style to follow was the clerical script.[8][11] The development of such a style can be attributed to those of the Qin dynasty who were seeking to create a convenient form of written characters for daily usage. In general, clerical script characters are "flat" in appearance, being wider than the seal script, which tends to be taller than it is wide. Compared with the seal script, clerical script characters are strikingly rectilinear. In running script, a semi-cursive form, the character elements begin to run into each other, although the characters themselves generally remain separate. Running script eventually evolved into grass script, a fully cursive form, in which the characters are often entirely unrecognizable by their canonical forms. Grass script gives the impression of anarchy in its appearance, and there is indeed considerable freedom on the part of the calligrapher, but this freedom is circumscribed by conventional "abbreviations" in the forms of the characters. Regular script, a non-cursive form, is the most widely recognized script. In regular script, each stroke of each character is clearly drawn out from the others. Even though both the running and grass scripts appear to be derived as semi-cursive and cursive variants of regular script, it is in fact the regular script that was the last to develop.

Running (semi-cursive)
Grass (fully cursive)
Regular (non-cursive)

Regular script is considered the archetype for Chinese writing and forms the basis for most printed forms. In addition, regular script imposes a stroke order, which must be followed in order for the characters to be written correctly.[28] (Strictly speaking, this stroke order applies to the clerical, running, and grass scripts as well, but especially in the running and grass scripts, this order is occasionally deviated from.) Thus, for instance, the character ; ; 'wood' must be written starting with the horizontal stroke, drawn from left to right; next, the vertical stroke, from top to bottom; next, the left diagonal stroke, from top to bottom; and lastly the right diagonal stroke, from top to bottom.[29]

Simplified and traditional forms

Main articles: Simplified Chinese characters and Traditional Chinese characters

See also: Debate on traditional and simplified Chinese characters

Beginning in the mid-20th century, Chinese has primarily been written using either simplified or traditional character forms. Simplified characters, which merge some character forms and reduce the average stroke count per character, were developed by the Chinese government with the stated goal of increasing literacy among the population. During this time, literacy rates did increase rapidly, but some observers instead attribute this to other education reforms and a general increase in the standard of living. Little systematic research has been conducted to support the conclusion that the use of simplified characters has affected literacy rates; studies conducted in China have instead focused on arbitrary statistics, such as quantifying the number of strokes saved on average in a given text sample.[30] Simplified characters are standard in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia, while traditional characters are standard in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and some overseas Chinese communities.[31]

Simplified forms have also been characterized as being inconsistent. For instance, the traditional ; ràn; 'allow' is simplified to , in which the phonetic on the right side is reduced from 17 strokes to 3, and the 'SPEECH' radical on the left also being simplified. However, the same phonetic component is not reduced in simplified characters such as ; rǎng; 'soil' and ; nàng; 'snuffle'—these characters are relatively uncommon, and would therefore represent a negligible stroke reduction.[32] Other simplified forms derive from long-standing calligraphic abbreviations, as with ; wàn; 'ten thousand', which has the traditional form of .[33]


Tomb of Fu Hao, c. 1200 BCE, containing some 200 bronze vessels with 109 inscriptions of Fu Hao's name.[34]

Chinese characters have always been used to represent individual spoken syllables. While writing was being invented in the Yellow River valley, words in spoken Chinese were largely monosyllabic, and each written character corresponded to a monosyllabic word.[35] Spoken Chinese varieties have since acquired much more polysyllabic vocabulary,[36] usually compound words composed of morphemes corresponding to older monosyllabic words [37]

For over two thousand years, the predominant form of written Chinese was Literary Chinese, which had vocabulary and syntax rooted in the language of the Chinese classics, as spoken around the time of Confucius (c. 500 BCE). Over time, Literary Chinese acquired some elements of grammar and vocabulary from various varieties of vernacular Chinese that had since diverged. By the 20th century, Literary Chinese was distinctly different from any spoken vernacular, and had to be learned separately.[38][39] Once learned, it was a common medium for communication between people speaking different dialects, many of which were mutually unintelligible by the end of the first millennium CE.[40][12]

Varieties of Chinese vary in pronunciation, and to a lesser extent in vocabulary and grammar.[41] Modern written Chinese, which replaced Classical Chinese as the written standard as an indirect result of the 1919 May Fourth Movement, is not technically bound to any single variety; however, it most nearly represents the vocabulary and syntax of Mandarin, by far the most widespread Chinese dialectal family in terms of both geographical area and number of speakers.[42] This form is known as written vernacular Chinese.[43] While some written vernacular Chinese expressions are often ungrammatical or unidiomatic outside of Mandarin, its use permits some communication between speakers of different dialects. This function may be considered analogous to that of linguae francae, such as Latin. For literate speakers, it serves as a common medium; however, the forms of individual characters generally provide little insight to their meaning if not already known.[44] Ghil'ad Zuckermann's exploration of phono-semantic matching in Standard Chinese concludes that the Chinese writing system is multifunctional, conveying both semantic and phonetic content.[45]

The variation in vocabulary among varieties has also led to informal use of "dialectal characters", which may include characters previously used in Literary Chinese that are considered archaic in written Standard Chinese.[46] Cantonese is unique among non-Mandarin regional languages in having a written colloquial standard, used in Hong Kong and overseas, with a large number of unofficial characters for words particular to this language.[47] Written Cantonese has become quite popular on the Internet, while Standard Chinese is still normally used in formal written communications.[48] To a lesser degree, Hokkien is used similarly in Taiwan and elsewhere, though it lacks the level of standardization seen in Cantonese. However, Taiwan's Ministry of Education has promulgated a standard character set for Hokkien, which is taught in schools and encouraged for use by the general population.[49]


Over the history of written Chinese, a variety of media have been used for writing. They include:

Since at least the Han dynasty, such media have been used to create hanging scrolls and handscrolls.


Because the majority of modern Chinese words contain more than one character, there are at least two measuring sticks for Chinese literacy: the number of characters known, and the number of words known. John DeFrancis, in the introduction to his Advanced Chinese Reader, estimates that a typical Chinese college graduate recognizes 4,000 to 5,000 characters, and 40,000 to 60,000 words.[2] Jerry Norman, in Chinese, places the number of characters somewhat lower, at 3,000 to 4,000.[3] These counts are complicated by the tangled development of Chinese characters. In many cases, a single character came to have multiple variants. This development was restrained to an extent by the standardization of the seal script during the Qin dynasty, but soon started again. Although the Shuowen Jiezi lists 10,516 characters—9,353 of them unique (some of which may already have been out of use by the time it was compiled) plus 1,163 graphic variants—the Jiyun of the Northern Song dynasty, compiled less than a thousand years later in 1039, contains 53,525 characters, most of them graphic variants.[50]


Main article: Chinese dictionary

See also: Chinese character orders

Written Chinese is not based on an alphabet or syllabary, so Chinese dictionaries, as well as dictionaries that define Chinese characters in other languages, cannot easily be alphabetized or otherwise lexically ordered, as English dictionaries are. The need to arrange Chinese characters in order to permit efficient lookup has given rise to a considerable variety of ways to organize and index the characters.[51]

A traditional mechanism is the method of radicals, which uses a set of character roots. These roots, or radicals, generally but imperfectly align with the parts used to compose characters by means of logical aggregation and phonetic complex. A canonical set of 214 radicals was developed during the rule of the Kangxi Emperor (around the year 1700); these are sometimes called the Kangxi radicals. The radicals are ordered first by stroke count (that is, the number of strokes required to write the radical); within a given stroke count, the radicals also have a prescribed order.[52]

Every Chinese character falls (sometimes arbitrarily or incorrectly) under the heading of exactly one of these 214 radicals.[51] In many cases, the radicals are themselves characters, which naturally come first under their own heading. All other characters under a given radical are ordered by the stroke count of the character. Usually, however, there are still many characters with a given stroke count under a given radical. At this point, characters are not given in any recognizable order; the user must locate the character by going through all the characters with that stroke count, typically listed for convenience at the top of the page on which they occur.[53]

Because the method of radicals is applied only to the written character, one need not know how to pronounce a character before looking it up; the entry, once located, usually gives the pronunciation. However, it is not always easy to identify which of the various roots of a character is the proper radical. Accordingly, dictionaries often include a list of hard to locate characters, indexed by total stroke count, near the beginning of the dictionary. Some dictionaries include almost one-seventh of all characters in this list.[51] Alternatively, some dictionaries list "difficult" characters under more than one radical, with all but one of those entries redirecting the reader to the "canonical" location of the character according to Kangxi.

Other methods of organization exist, often in an attempt to address the shortcomings of the radical method, but are less common. For instance, it is common for a dictionary ordered principally by the Kangxi radicals to have an auxiliary index by pronunciation, expressed typically in either pinyin or bopomofo.[54] This index points to the page in the main dictionary where the desired character can be found. Other methods use only the structure of the characters, such as the four-corner method, in which characters are indexed according to the kinds of strokes located nearest the four corners (hence the name of the method),[55] or the Cangjie method, in which characters are broken down into a set of 24 basic components.[56] Neither the four-corner method nor the Cangjie method requires the user to identify the proper radical, although many strokes or components have alternate forms, which must be memorized in order to use these methods effectively.

The availability of computerized Chinese dictionaries now makes it possible to look characters up by any of the indexing schemes described, thereby shortening the search process.


Main article: Transliteration of Chinese

See also: Romanization of Chinese

Chinese characters do not reliably indicate their pronunciation. Therefore, many transliteration systems have been developed to write the sounds of different varieties of Chinese. While many use the Latin alphabet, systems using the Cyrillic and Perso-Arabic alphabets have also been designed. Among other purposes, these systems are used by students learning the corresponding varieties. The replacement of Chinese characters with a phonetic writing system was first prominently proposed during the May Fourth Movement, partly motivated by a desire to increase the country's literacy rate. The idea gained further support following the victory of the Communists in 1949, who immediately began two parallel programs regarding written Chinese. The first was the development of an alphabet to write the sounds of Mandarin, the variety spoken by around two-thirds of the Chinese population.[41] The other program investigated the simplification of the standard character forms. Initially, character simplification was not competing with the idea of a phonetic script; rather, simplification was intended to make the transition to a fully phonetic writing system easier.[4]

By 1958, priority had shifted towards simplification. The Hanyu Pinyin system had been developed, but plans to replace Chinese characters with it were deferred, and the idea is no longer actively pursued. This change in priorities may have been due in part to pinyin's design being specific to Mandarin, to the exclusion of other dialects.[57]

Pinyin uses the Latin alphabet with diacritics to represent the phonology of Standard Chinese. For the most part, pinyin uses phonetic values for letters that reflect their existing pronunciations in Romance languages and the International Phonetic Alphabet. However, pairs of letters such as b and p that correspond to a voicing distinction in languages such as French instead represent the aspiration distinction that is more abundant in Mandarin.[41] Pinyin also uses several consonantal letters to represent markedly different sounds from their assignments in other languages. For example, pinyin q and x correspond to sounds similar to English 'ch' and 'sh', respectively. While pinyin has become the predominant transliteration system for Mandarin, others include bopomofo, Wade-Giles, Yale, EFEO and Gwoyeu Romatzyh.[58]

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