Chinese-speaking societies

Authored by: Li Yin , Yuting Sun

The Routledge International Handbook of early Literacy Education

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138787889
eBook ISBN: 9781315766027
Adobe ISBN: 9781317659204

10.4324/9781315766027.ch18

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Abstract

Chinese is one of the oldest writing systems in the world. The earliest extant writing examples of Chinese date back to 3,500 years ago. The Chinese language is the most spoken language. Over 1.3 billion people in the world speak Chinese as a first language, mostly in the People’s Republic of China (mainland China), Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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