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Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.. 4

1.1 The Development of Current Simplified Characters. 4

1.1.1 “Chinese Character Simplification Scheme” of 1956. 4

1.1.2 “Joint Notice Concerning the Simplified Characters” of 1964. 4

1.1.3 “General Tables of Simplified Characters” of 1964. 5

1.1.4 “Second Chinese-Character Simplification Scheme (Draft)” of 1977. 6

1.1.5 Reissuance of “General Tables of Simplified Characters” of 1986. 6

1.1.6 Summary. 6

1.2 Simplification Measures. 7

1.3 Structure of the “General Tables of Simplified Characters”. 7

1.3.1 Tables 1 Through 3. 8

1.3.2 Appendix: “Table of Variant Characters”. 8

1.4 Structure of the Book. 9

Chapter 2: Simplification by Reducing the Number of Strokes. 11

2.1 Dramatically Simplified.. 11

2.1.1 Replacement by a Different Character 11

2.1.2 Deletion of a Large Portion While Retaining Its Characteristics. 12

2.1.3 Overall Deletion While Preserving the Contour 12

2.2 Remove Component. 12

2.3 Replace Component. 14

2.3.1 Only One Character has the Particular Replaced Component 14

2.3.2 Multiple Characters have the Same Replaced Component 16

2.4 Simplify Component. 16

2.4.1 Only One Character has the Particular Simplified Component 16

2.4.2 Multiple Characters have the Same Simplified Component 17

2.5 Simplify to Become a Pictophonetic Character. 17

2.5.1 Replaced by a New Pictophonetic Character 18

2.5.2 Replace Ideographic Component of the Pictophonetic Character 18

2.5.3 Only One Pictophonetic Character has the Particular Simplified Phonetic Component 18

2.5.4 Multiple Pictophonetic Characters have the Same Simplified Phonetic Component 19

2.6 Replaced by Symbol. 20

Chapter 3: Simplification by Reducing the Number of Characters. 22

3.1 Pictophonetic Character Represented by Its Phonetic Component. 22

3.1.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 22

3.1.2 Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 25

3.2 Two Different Characters Represented by One of Them... 25

3.2.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 25

3.2.2 Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 28

3.3 Three or Four Characters Represented by One of Them... 29

3.3.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 29

3.4 Two Characters Represented by A New Character. 30

3.4.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 30

3.4.2 Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 30

Chapter 4: Summarizing Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 32

4.1 Simplification by Reducing the Number of Strokes. 32

4.1.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 32

4.2 Simplification by Reducing the Number of Characters. 42

4.2.1 Table 1 of the “General Tables”. 42

Chapter 5: Summarizing Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 49

5.1 Simplification by Reducing the Number of Strokes. 49

5.1.1 Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 49

5.2 Simplification by Reducing the Number of Characters. 53

5.2.1 Table 2 of the “General Tables”. 54

Chapter 6: Table 3 of the “General Tables” — Analogy of Radical. 55

6.1 One Hundred Thirty Two Simplified Characters that Can Serve as a Radical of Another Character. 55

6.1.1  One Simplified Character Represents Multiple Traditional Characters. 55

6.2 Forteen Simplified Radicals. 56

Appendix 1: Table 1 of the “General Tables of Simplified Characters”. 60

Appendix 2: Table 2 of the “General Tables of Simplified Characters”. 63

Appendix 3: Table 3 of the “General Tables of Simplified Characters”. 65

Appendix 4: Table of Variant Characters (the Appendix of “General Tables of Simplified Characters”) 81

 

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