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The Development and Composition Principles of Chinese Characters

Ancient and modern Chinese characters belong to the same writing system.

The use of Chinese characters has never been interrupted.The basic form of Chinese characters is consistent. Xu Shen, a philologist of the Eastern Han Dynasty,wrote the first dictionary in Chinese history – Shuowen Jiezi.In this book, Xu Shen summarized the composition principles of Chinese characters into six types:Pictographic, referential, associative compound, semantic-phonetic, transliteration, and borrowing.

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