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  • n. Plural form of ideograph.


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  • It is particularly difficult for Europeans to realize the sharp distinction in sound between these two names, the more especially because we have in the West no conception whatever of the effect of tone upon a syllable It may be explained, however, that the sonant initial and even-voiced tone in the one case, contrasted with the surd initial and the scaled tone in the other, involves to the Chinese mind a distinction quite as clear in all dialects as the European distinction in all languages between the two states of Prussia and Russia, or between the two peoples Swedes and Swiss: it is entirely the imperfection of our Western alphabet, not at all that of the spoken sounds or the ideographs, that is at fault.

    Ancient China Simplified

  • In these we behold groups of what are called in Egyptology "ideographs;" that is to say, pictures of objects arranged for the purpose of conveying sequences of ideas, but without any of those connecting links which language supplies.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • But arguably the most important project at Google was the Pinyin Input Method Editor IME, a system that sped up and streamlined the often awkward task of producing Chinese-language ideographs on a computer keyboard.

    In the Plex

  • They developed complex symbols (hieroglyphs) for place names that used combinations of up to three different kinds of elements: pictographs, ideographs and phonetic symbols.

    Mexico's place names and their meanings

  • The Dian Kingdom was quite powerful, and it might have regarded itself as the center of the world. 31 Historically, Han scholars identified dian as hailing from the Chinese language, but indeed dian is more likely an indigenous word that was written with Chinese ideographs.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • Here's an interesting site with information about both pictographs and ideographs.

    Better Models

  • He handed me some scribbled ideographs on a crumpled sheet of paper.

    Archive 2009-05-22

  • Above the figures, they emblazoned Chinese ideographs for "revolution."

    Manhood in the Age of Aquarius: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83

  • And of course, this procedure could be adapted more easily to Western languages in which the printer's alphabet usually contained only twenty-three letters than in East Asian languages with thousands of ideographs.


  • Apart from learning a few Chinese ideographs, he had done nothing to further his plans.

    The Five of Hearts


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