The Chinese Typewriter

The Chinese Typewriter

“Red Star Chinese Typewriter Plant 1952 Construction Plan (Hongxing daziji chang yi jiu wu er nian ji jian jihua) [紅星打字機廠一九五二年基建計劃],” TMA X77-1415 (1952), 13–17, 16. See also Tianjin People's Government Local-State ...

Author: Thomas S. Mullaney

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262536103

Category: Technology & Engineering

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How Chinese characters triumphed over the QWERTY keyboard and laid the foundation for China's information technology successes today. Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. This book is about those encounters—in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. Thomas Mullaney describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter. The earliest Chinese typewriters, Mullaney tells us, were figments of popular imagination, sensational accounts of twelve-foot keyboards with 5,000 keys. One of the first Chinese typewriters actually constructed was invented by a Christian missionary, who organized characters by common usage (but promoted the less-common characters for “Jesus" to the common usage level). Later came typewriters manufactured for use in Chinese offices, and typewriting schools that turned out trained “typewriter girls” and “typewriter boys.” Still later was the “Double Pigeon” typewriter produced by the Shanghai Calculator and Typewriter Factory, the typewriter of choice under Mao. Clerks and secretaries in this era experimented with alternative ways of organizing characters on their tray beds, inventing an input method that was the first instance of “predictive text.” Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology. The Chinese Typewriter, not just an “object history” but grappling with broad questions of technological change and global communication, shows how this happened. A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Columbia University
Categories: Technology & Engineering

From Oracle Bones to Computers

From Oracle Bones to Computers

More importantly, few have ever attempted to link these two technologies in any meaningful manner or wonder why the Chinese typewriter became a missing link in the history of writing technology development in China and whether and how ...

Author: Baotong Gu

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781602355422

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 199

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From Oracle Bones to Computers not only provides a succinct yet in-depth account of the development of writing technologies in the five thousand years of China's history but also develops an operationalized model of rhetorical analysis that can be applied to the study of any writing technology development.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Beginning Reader for Modern Chinese

Beginning Reader for Modern Chinese

Where is my typewriter ? Have you seen it ? 2 . Speaking of typewriters , I have a question . 3. What question ? 4 . Do the Chinese have typewriters in Chinese ? 5 . Yes . The Chinese language has no alphabet . A Chinese typewriter has ...

Author: Isabelle Ping-I Mao

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: STANFORD:36105040739570

Category: Chinese language

Page: 800

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Categories: Chinese language

81-92 PINYIN VERSUS RADICALS FOR THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER Roderick S. Bucknell University of Queensland a to In recent article , Robert S. Bauer ( 1984 ) points out some serious disadvantages in the traditional arrangement ---- by ...

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ISBN: IND:30000053302083

Category: Chinese language

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Categories: Chinese language

The Chinese Students Monthly

The Chinese Students  Monthly

anizCOMMUNICATIONS Ethe shall I exway line lang apan conblowthe nany the t to the THE PRINCIPLE OF MY CHINESE TYPEWRITER To the editor of The Monthly : Sir : My attention has been called to Mr. H. K. Chow's long article entitled ...

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ISBN: CHI:11945354

Category: China

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China and the West

China and the West

Figure Page 33 77 34 79 35 80 36 80 37 81 38 82 39 82 40 Presse Lithographique a Pierres , Format Octuple Raisin , De J. Voirin ( 1895 ) Standard Chinese Typewriter ( photo ) Standard Chinese Typewriter ( photo ) Standard Chinese ...

Author: Bruce H. Billings

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ISBN: UCSD:31822027803113

Category: Chinese language

Page: 166

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Categories: Chinese language

Unlocking the Chinese Heritage

Unlocking the Chinese Heritage

CHINESE TYPEWRITERS , WORD PROCESSORS AND COMPUTERS The carrot in front of those advocating total romanization is the prospect of writing Chinese on an ordinary typewriter . Technologists , on the other hand , see only $ signs resulting ...

Author: Yin Khoon Wong

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015025151211

Category: Calligraphy, Chinese

Page: 250

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Categories: Calligraphy, Chinese

The Chinese Year Book

The Chinese Year Book

The Chinese Typewriter A New Equipment of High Efficiency for Modern Offices With the invention of our Chinese Typewriter , the far - reaching problem of office efficiency in China has , to some extent , been solved .

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ISBN: UOM:39015078098764

Category: Chian

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Typewriter Trade Journal and the Office System

Typewriter Trade Journal and the Office System

If 80 , there is only one way of keeping abreast of the times and that is by the regular monthly receipt and perusal of the Chinese Typewriter on Market . Through the courtesy of the United States Department of Commerce we have received ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015080165304

Category: Business

Page: 856

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Categories: Business

The Chinese Students Monthly 1906 1931

The Chinese Students  Monthly  1906 1931

The adventures of Don - son , " Alliance president's report for February and March , Heun Chi invents a Chinese typewriter , H. C. Mei at the Twentieth Century Club , Alliance business notes , Cornell Track training resumes , American ...

Author: Association of Research Libraries. Center for Chinese Research Materials

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105036096431

Category: Chinese

Page: 102

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