> Not really. Since sometime after 1000 BCE written Chinese has been mainly
> *ideographic*, retaining remnants of its pictographic orgins only in the
> simplest words (such as *ren* or "man", *shan* or "mountain", etc.). Modern
> written Chinese is a complex blend of ideographic and phonetic elements,
> further confusing things.
Thanks for explaining that so clearly and succinctly, Greg.
Nice that someone actually knows about this subject.
> That may be a stretch, but when we consider what the Taliban think of as
> "pornographic", who knows?
Yes, the Taliban would probably consider most "romance novels" as pornography
(as do many Western moralists).
One last question:
Do you think the ideographic language of China has held them back from
scientific exploration, since phonetic language can more easily coin new terms
for discovered phenomena?
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
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