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1. Definition and History of the Term

Stenography or shorthand refers to a system for rapid writing that allows the recording of speech in actual time. The term was rendered as kuàizì 快字 ‘speed script’, when it first came to be known in China in the late 19th century. After 1910, this term has been replaced by the Japanese-coined terms sùjì 速記 (Jap. sokki 速記) or sùjìxué 速記學. Recently, sùlù 速…

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Elisabeth KASKE, “Stenography”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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