Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems
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336pp. May 1989
Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems
Author: DeFrancis, John;
Visible Speech is an attempt to set the record straight about the nature of writing. John DeFrancis, a noted specialist in the Chinese language, shows that writing can be based only upon a sound system and not upon any other linguistic level. He co
"There is no question that this lively and well-written book will be essential reading from now on for those working in this complex and fascinating field." --Modern Language Journal
Author: DeFrancis, John;
John DeFrancis (1911–2009), Emeritus Professor of Chinese at the University of Hawai'i, graduated from Yale in 1933 and immediately departed for China to pursue his interests. In three years of study and travel, he covered over 4,000 miles in North



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