Chapter 1. Introduction (pages 1-23)

Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese
How Many Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese? 1
How are the Three Peoples Related? (see a sample) 2
Linguistic Units and Terms
Languages of the World 5
Phonemes and Syllables 6
Morphemes and Words 8
Writing Systems of the World
How did Writing Begin? 9
Development of Writing Systems 11
Relations Among Writing Systems and Scripts 12 (see a sample)
Scripts and Literacy 15
Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Scripts 18 (see a sample)
About This Book
Chinese, Korean, and Japanese in Roman Letters 19
How the Book is Organized 20 (see a sample)
Bibliography for Introduction 22

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