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Interesting Twitter thread about the multitude of different writing systems used to write Hokkien! (Saved on archive.is, because I have very little faith in the longevity of Twitter links these days.) It’s difficult to write in Chinese characters, because about 15% of Hokkien words have no cognate in Mandarin, nor an ancestor in Old Chinese. There are a few different systems used to write those words (and sometimes for writing whole texts), including ones based on the Latin alphabet, bopomofo, and apparently a Hangeul-based/inspired script which was new to me. Cool stuff 🙂

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