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CHINA: Different scripts. The case of North Korea



Paul Simon sends this footnote: "I apologizing for not answering the questions about Chinese Characters and North Korea. They are not used at all in DPRK Korean, I suspect as a matter of national pride. There are no Chinese characters in any DPRK publications of the last 25 years that I have seen. The monthly Chosun Magazine still comes out with a Chinese edition, however.

And I agree with Bill that a language with as few sound morphemes as Mandarin probably can't be written in volume phonetically. It all starts to look the same; some syllables have over a hundred meanings!"

Ronald Hilton - 12/24/01


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