Chinese150-Altaic Writing Systems

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Chinese 150 Writing Systems of the Altaic Languages Northern China is predominantly occupied by speakers of the Altaic languages, which is usually broken up into it’s three branches- Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungus. The branches each have a specific written history attached to them. Unlike Chinese, these written systems are not characters representing monosyllables, but instead alphabets representing sounds. In the Turkic branch, the Uighurs are known for the supposed “Uighur script.” While they are known for this script, they were not the ones who invented it. The Uighur people had migrated to what is now Xinjiang, also referred to as Chinese Turkestan, where the script had been used for centuries. It had been adapted from the cursive script of the Sogdians. However, a lot of surviving Uighur literature was written in it, hence their association. The old Uighur script contained only twenty symbols, with only one symbol representing four vowels (o, ö, u, ü). Also, one was used for both g and k, as well as p and
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CHINESE 150 taught by Professor Shen during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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