Chinese Language, Orthography, and Learning to Read

  • Chan Lü


This chapter, outlines the characteristics of the Chinese language and orthography, and discusses their implications for learning to read Chinese. Specifically, this chapter describes the phonology and morphology of the Chinese language, and the structural and functional features of the Chinese basic writing unit, characters, and the sound annotating systems. Based on the linguistic description, this chapter analyzes and summarizes the implication for learning to read Chinese as a first language, paving the way for later chapters focusing on learning Chinese as a second language.


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