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RECENT

Talk     'Sound or Sign: Early phoneticians and the Chinese logographic challenge' (12/2023)

A talk delivered at the annual Language and Culture Seminar at the University of Bath. The slides for the presentation can be accessed in the documents section below. 

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Work on Halfhand, a semi-phonetic cursive shorthand writing system for notetaking (03/2023)

Halfhand is a broad phonetic writing system that builds on the work of German stenographer Karl Scheithauer and the famous British phonetician Henry Sweet. A preliminary outline and example of the system in use is available to download below.

Working with the Pitman Shorthand Collection at the University of Bath (05/2022)

'Logograms and Grammalogues', is a small project which takes a closer look at Victorian intrigue surrounding Chinese logographic writing. A report on the project is now on the University of Bath Cabinet of Curiosities page and can be viewed here.

DOCUMENTS

Type

Presentation

Manual

Draft

Translation

Translation

Title

Sound or Sign: Early Phoneticians and the Chinese Logographic Challenge

A Manual of Halfhand: a concise semi-phonetic writing system for notetaking

Preliminary Outline of Halfhand

盧戇章《中國第一快切音新字》原序

​Lu Zhuangzhang, Preface to 'China’s Fastest New Phonetic Writing'

蔡錫勇《傳音快字》

Cai Xiyong​, Chinese Phonetic Shorthand

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ABOUT ME

Tom Sima Staniforth

Lecturer in Chinese language and translation at the University of Bath

 

I specialise in Chinese phonetics, with a particular interest in the relationship between orthography and speech sounds. As part of my PhD research at UCL SHaPS, I am exploring speech rate and prosodic grouping in Mandarin.

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