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Text Entry Systems by Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, I. Scott MacKenzie

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CHAPTER 11

Text Entry in East Asian Languages

Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii,     University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Ming Zhou,     Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA

Jin-Dong Kim,     University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

11.1 INTRODUCTION

Chinese and Japanese are the two major languages in which ideograms are used in writing. In addition, while the Korean writing system is based on phonograms, the language is historically strongly influenced by the ideogram culture. This chapter describes text entry in these East Asian languages, a primary characteristic of which lies in ideograms.

A characteristic of a language that uses ideograms is that every morpheme—the smallest unit carrying meaning—corresponds to a distinct character, and so the number of ...

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