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The Old Zhuang Script: a Vernacular Character Script from Southern China

2004

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  • Title:
    The Old Zhuang Script: a Vernacular Character Script from Southern China
  • Creation Date: 2004
  • Subjects: character script ; historical linguistics ; literacy and orality ; philology ; tai
  • Description: The Zhuang are a Tai-speaking people and the most populous of China's minority peoples. Traditionally they used a modified version of the Chinese character script. The aim of this project is to provide the wherewithal for a decipherment of the old Zhuang character script, to present evidence for the age of the script, and to describe the social and political conditions that gave it birth and influenced its development.