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What is the difference between written dialects, spoken dialects, and writing/encoding schemes?

"Dialect" refers to systematically different linguistic forms, which could correlate with geography, religion, age, politics or any other variable. Languages can be spoken, and they can be ...
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Any online resources on dongba language and hieroglyph?

I'd recommend 纳西族象形标音文字字典 (Nàxī zú xiàng xíng biāo yīn wénzì zìdiăn) — Naxi Pictographs and Transcription Characters Dictionary, 2001, Author: 李霖灿 (Lĭ Líncàn), publisher: 云南民族出版社 (Yunnan National ...
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Any online resources on dongba language and hieroglyph?

I would start with this article, and also since Dongba is just a script, investigate the language that underlies it, Naxi. This is a list of materials on the language. The article on Dongba explains ...
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Why does “&” look nothing like e and t

To put it simply, it evolved over time and generally isn't seen as a ligature of E and t any more. chasly on ELU offers this demonstration: Other fonts may show the Et connection more clearly.
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Why was "zh" picked to represent /ʒ/, and where does it come from?

In english, the digraph "sh" represents the unvoiced palatal fricative, and the letter s represents the unvoiced alveolar fricative. The letter z is just a voiced alveolar fricative, so it ...
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