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( a script )

Type of script: Logosyllabary
Script category: Sinitic scripts
Period of use: 900 C.E. - 1950
Parent script: Chinese script (show family tree)
Names: Chu-nôm

Chu-nôm was adapted from Chinese to write Vietnamese, in a period when Vietnam was ruled by the Chinese and where Chinese was the official language in the country. Chu-nôm retained the Chinese characters with ther original meanings, but adding a number of new specifically Vietnamese characters, although in many cases Chinese characters for the same concepts already existed.

Languages written with this script:

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Lars Marius Garshol, Ontopian.