Monday, June 19, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (159) Sound - 音

The bronze script of character Sound is

Let's compare it with shell bone script of character Say,

We see there are two more short lines in character Sound, one on the top, and another in the Mouth (口) at the bottom. Both are pointers to tell where the voice is created. The top line is pointing the tip of the tongue, and the short line inside the mouth is telling that the sound is from the Mouth. 

The big seal script of the character Sound is

Similar to bronze script.
The small seal script of Sound is

Similar to older scripts.

Let's compare it with small seal script of character Say,

same as the above, the character Sound has one more short line, to emphasize the tongue and where is the sound from.

The clerical script for Sound is
The top part changed to 立,which means Stand Up, nothing to do with voice, or tongue. This change should be caused by simplified writing, which omitted some strokes; or miswriting.

The song typeface of Sound is


almost same as the clerical script.

I need to point out that the character also means Voice sometimes. I will discuss the difference more in post for Character Voice. 

Its Pinyin is Yin1.

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