Peter S Du Ponceau can be said as the first scholar in the West who studied the Chinese writing system from a linguistic perspective. Du Ponceau's viewpoint on the nature of the Chinese writing system has served as a cornerstone in both Boodberg and Bolt s Chinese studies. These two American scholars are extreme supporters of the viewpoint that the Chinese writing system is phonetic in nature. In this paper, I will exam how Du Ponceau's theory on the Chinese writing system had been developed. I will begin my study with a discussion on the popular ideas on the Chinese writing system in Europe in Du Ponceau's time. I will also look into how Du Ponceau's viewpoint on writing and the Chinese writing has contributed to the studies of the World writing systems in general as well as the studies of the Chinese writing system in the West.
|Title of host publication||Chinese Research And International Communications|
|Editors||Q Chen, Y Wu, J Ye|
|Place of Publication||China|
|Publisher||East China Normal University Press|
|Pages||364 - 376|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|