Bill Poser's Notes on Chinese Character Simplification


This article by Bill Poser of the Language Log explains some of the mechanics of Simiplified vs. Traditional Chinese characters and the rationale for some of the objections raised. He also confirms that Simplified characters may be more phonetically based on Mandarin forms, and could be harder for non Mandarin speakers to memorize.

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