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    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL
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IJLLL 2021 Vol.7(2): 73-80 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2021.7.2.290

Making History Possible: Logograph in China and Hieroglyph in Central America

Yi Chen
Abstract—In the following paper, I will compare and contrast the development of script in two different writing systems: the Mayan and the Chinese. This paper will demonstrate how each system employed writing to map language into a durable technology for communication. By doing so, I will provide the general information that introduces readers to the origin, purpose, and function of the two writing systems. Through analysis of the development of Mayan and Chinese writing systems, the paper also shows that significant aspects of culture were preserved and transmitted by written materials as they contribute to the continuation of the two civilizations. This approach also has the benefit of emphasizing the strong relationship between culture and writing. Studying the origins, development, and use of writing in these two cultures mitigates against the tendency to devalue certain cultures. A study of both Chinese and Mayan writing is especially important since both cultures developed scripts that did not borrow from the writing systems of other civilizations.

Index Terms—Writing system, logograph, hieroglyph.

Yi Chen is with the Vanke Meisha Academy, China (e-mail: chenyi@stu.vma.edu.cn).


Cite:Yi Chen, "Making History Possible: Logograph in China and Hieroglyph in Central America," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 73-80, 2021.

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