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Definition of Cenemic and Pleremic writing systems

Posted in Uncategorized by Lina A.Hadi on September 7, 2011

A term used by students of writing to distinguish writing systems whose basic units denote meaningless sounds from those whose units operate on a level of meaningful linguistic entities. Cenemic (Gk κɛ v ôς ‘empty’) indicates that the unit of a writing system, for example, an alphabetic letter or a Japanese kana , is devoid of any inherent meaning. By contrast, a Chinese character is associated with both a sound and a meaning: systems of this kind are called pleremic . Thus, in the analysis of writing systems, two basic types are distinguished: those operating on the level of sense-discriminative elements (phonemes, syllables), i.e. cenemic; and those operating on the level of sense-determinative elements (lexemes, morphemes), i.e. pleremic

 

http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/tocnode?id=g9780631214816_chunk_g97806312148165_ss1-13

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