Chinese Writing
(6,766 words)

1. Introduction

The Chinese writing system is more than 3,000 years old. The oldest known documents are bone and bronze inscriptions that go back to the 13th century BCE. As these inscriptions mostly deal with divinatory (for bones) or commemorat…

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Francoise BOTTÉRO, “Chinese Writing”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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