Origins and evolution of Chinese writing systems and preliminary counting relationships

  title={Origins and evolution of Chinese writing systems and preliminary counting relationships},
  author={Wei Lu and Max Aiken},
  journal={Accounting History},
  pages={25 - 51}
  • W. LuM. Aiken
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Education
  • Accounting History
The history of Chinese writing extends back more than 6000 years and the Chinese writing system remains unique among all writing systems. In this paper, the origin and evolution of Chinese writing systems will be discussed. It will be shown that in the Shang dynasty (about 1200 BC) the principles of Chinese writing had been formulated and that over the following 3000 years the structure and key elements of the system have remained, although the style of writing has changed (Li, 1969; Keightly… 

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