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where the first parameter is the category:
- (type) is 1,2,3,4, or p,i,ic,psc, respectively as:
- 1, p: Pictograms (象形)
- 2, i: Ideograms (指事)
- 3, ic: Ideogrammic compounds (會意)
- 4, psc: Phono-semantic compounds (形聲)
The other parameter (required!) is:
- rs= is the radical-stroke ordering for correct sorting in categories; this can generally be copied from the
As usual, etymologies should be referenced.
- The overwhelming majority of Chinese characters (90+%) are phono-semantic compounds.
- Beware of etymologies based on current forms (especially claims that a character is an ideogrammic compound) – the current form is often a simplification of an older form, which may not be related to the current components.
- Richard Sear’s Chinese Etymology may prove a useful resource, showing older forms.
- Shuowen Jiezi (說文解字/说文解字) is a standard reference (early 2nd century CE), and is valuable, but inaccurate at points