My 15 y.o. daughter is learning Chinese, but these different terms bafle us! How do they differ? Where do these other terms fit into Table 3.5, which contains merely FOUR of the terms in the title of this question?

  1. Tzu-Ray Su, Hung-Yi Lee's Learning Chinese Word Representations From Glyphs Of Characters mentions Glyphs.

  2. This U. Albany website on Chinese characters mentions Pictograms, Logograms.

  3. This U.C. Berkley website on Chinese characters mentions Pictograms, Ideograms.

  4. Linguistics S.E. has a post on Ideograms v. Logograms.

  5. p 295 of this book defines

morphogram. A single grapheme of a morphographic writing system. A grapheme which represents a morpheme of the language.

  1. p 298 of this book defines

symbol. A general term for a graphic mark without regard to its graphemic status.

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Henry Rogers, Writing Systems (2004), p 27.

  • A character is any one symbol used in writing, whether it be a letter, like 'a' or a punctuation mark like '?', or a pictogram, like in Chinese or ancient Egyptian, where one symbol (usually) represents one word. A symbol is like a character, but doesn't necessarily have to be in writing, and a syllable is one vowel sound with any consonants connected to it. – Quintus Caesius - RM May 28 at 10:57

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