The main drawback of Chinese characters – that they don’t reflect pronunciation – is also their primary advantage in representing so many disparate spoken languages.

Book review: A Billion Voices asks: is there such a thing as ‘the Chinese language’?

Although about China, David Moser’s book also serves as a case study of the way language intersects with policy, society and technology – and much in the Chinese experience finds echoes elsewhere

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The main drawback of Chinese characters – that they don’t reflect pronunciation – is also their primary advantage in representing so many disparate spoken languages.
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