Inaugural Editorial: Promote the Understanding ofIdeographic Writings
Zang Kehe, Editor-in-chief
The Study of Chinese Characters,first published in 1999, is the only source journal of CSSCI (Chinese Social-Sciences Citation Index) in the field of Chinese grammatolgoy. The Journal of Chinese Writing Systems,published both in English and Chinese, is aiming to facilitate the access tothe latest studies worldwide for researchers in related areas.
The world’s pictographic andideographic writings, which could be traced back to as early as 4000 years ago,are pearls of human wisdom with manifold structures and types. They are therich sources for historical and cultural investigations. Of the three classicwriting systems, Chinese writings, especially the early scripts exemplified by oraclebone inscriptions and bronzes inscriptions of over 3000 years ago, have notbeen paid due attention worldwide, especially from scholars who are using thealphabetical writings. The reasons ofthe status quo are partly due to the lack of a systematic integrity of theideographic writings, which consequently leads to the failure of integration ofthe two major writing systems --ideographic and phonographic.
Though diversity is undoubtedlyvaluable, the dialogue between should be conducted in a unifying framework, andin an integrative community. The communication is certainly beneficial for thecivilized society. In response, welaunch this journal with the joint effort of SAGE Publishing, an experiencedpublisher with the sense of social responsibility, to construct a platform forthe scholars who are willing to devote to the studies of various types ofideographic writings, and to build a bridge over the gap between the so-calledideograms and phonograms, and, hopefully, to promote the mutual understanding.
The coming journal is dedicated tothe theoretical and applied studies of Chinese writing systems, inclu-dingstudies of ancient and modern characters, of cognition, acquisition andsemiotics. We have invited outstanding experts from the United States, theGreat Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and China, etc.,to constitute the editorial board of the JCWS. The members are responsible toprovide a timely and scholarly review of the submitted manuscripts in their ownspecialties. And more experts are included in the expanding reviewer list. Iheartily welcome the colleagues all over the world to participate in theconstruction of the platform. With the developmentof AI and Deep learning and the application of voice and image recognitiontechnology, we can predict that, in the near future, the cognition of Chinesecharacters and ideographic writings will not discourage the reading of theideograms and the instant messaging with users of phonographic writings. Secondand multi language acquisitions will become a global consensus. Then thetremendous information carried by Chinese writing and other ideographicwritings and their wisdom potentials will be released unprecedentedly. Andconsequently the writing systems will play a more important role than everbefore in our society.