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id′e·o·graph′ic adj.
id′e·o·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˈɪd i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈaɪ di-)

an ideogram.
id`e•o•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
id`e•o•graph′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ideograph - a graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it; "Chinese characters are ideograms"
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
logogram, logograph - a single written symbol that represents an entire word or phrase without indicating its pronunciation; "7 is a logogram that is pronounced `seven' in English and `nanatsu' in Japanese"
radical - a character conveying the lexical meaning of a logogram
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In written language, there are a variety of procedures each that codifies different aspects of the spoken language, alphabetic writing giving the most weight to phonological information, and ideographs, like in Chinese, providing more weight to conceptual information.
That Japanese are right-brain dependent has been previously established [Kawachi, 2000; 2002a]: briefly, the Japanese language with only 71 phonemes available is phonologically the narrowest in the developed world [compared to most languages with 300 400 phonemes], which induces a reliance on ideographs for conveying meaning.
I was surprised at how similar all the Chinese ideographs looked.
The problem remains of how to encode all the ideographs for Asian languages as well as the alphabets for other writing systems.
Katakana is a syllabic writing system which uses parts of Chinese ideographs and written in noncursive form.
Chinese is logographic, with words represented graphically by logographs, also called ideographs, and they represent a meaningful unit (Li & Thompson, 1981).
The You I in the group's name can mean ''you and I'' in English or ''fraternalism'' in Japanese, using the ''kanji'' ideographs for ''friendship'' and ''love.
Keyboards are suited just for alphanumeric input, not for ideographs.
Ideographs and hieroglyphs are not oral representations, but they tend to be awkward.
3) Its characters, he speculated, would resemble the things they represented, either physically as pictographs or conceptually as ideographs.
Jelliffe describes an emerging model of the relationship between letters, symbols, and ideographs that is called the character/glyph model.
This would work well for Western alphabets, though it would be less effective for Chinese and Japanese ideographs and so on.