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As the Banpo symbols were discovered fairly early —57  and are relatively numerous with 22 different symbols on sherds these have been the focus of the most attention.
Some scholars have concluded that they are meaningful symbols like clan emblems or signatures which have some of the quality of writing, perhaps being primitive characters,  while others have concluded based on comparisons to oracle bone script that some of them are numerals.
This is because all the Banpo-type symbols occur singly,   on pottery and pottery fragments, unlike written words, which tend to occur in strings representing language. Thus, there is no context from which to conclude that the symbols are actually being China in chinese writing to represent language.
Thus, leading scholar Qiu Xigui argues that: What these symbols represent definitely cannot be a fully formed system of writing; this much is quite clear. Is there any possibility that they are primitive writing? Most likely there is not. We simply possess no basis for saying that they were already being used to record language.
Nor viewed from the standpoint of the symbols of this same type that continued to be used following the creation of Chinese script do they even resemble script. Such claims are probably unjustified.
It is also plausible that when writing eventually did emerge, some such Neolithic symbols already in use and not necessarily from such an early site as Banpo were absorbed into that writing system. In addition to the similarity in style between these and pictographic Shang and early Zhou clan symbols,  what is important about the latter two types is that they have multiple components, reminiscent of the compounding of elements in the Chinese script, thus eliciting claims of a relationship.
Helping fuel speculation of a link between Dawenkou symbols and Shang writing is their somewhat greater proximity in time years distance and space to the Shang oracle bones, compared to earlier Neolithic finds; furthermore, the Shandong Dawenkou culture is thought by some to be ancestral to Shandong Longshan culture, which in turn may have given rise to early Shang culture.
The few isolated figures found on pottery still cannot substantiate this point. Even though the Dawenkou culture type B symbols still cannot be definitively treated as primitive writing, nevertheless they are symbols which resemble most the ancient pictographic script discovered thus far in China…They undoubtedly can be viewed as the forerunners of primitive writing.
Again, this is controversial. Symbols of a similar nature have also been found on pottery shards from the Liangzhu culture of the lower Yangtze valley. A pottery inscription of the Longshan culture discovered in Dinggong Village, Zouping CountyShandong contains eleven symbols that do not look like the direct ancestor of Chinese characters.
The authenticity of these inscriptions is hotly disputed due to their appearance on a broken ceramic ware, an unusual feature among prehistorical text, as well as its unexpected relation to the Yi scripta modern writing system associated with an ethnic group in the southwestern China, thousands of miles and thousands of years apart from the Longshan culture in northern China.
Possible Liangzhu symbols[ edit ] There are also some items, including some inscribed jades, which have symbols similar to or identical to several of the Dawenkou pictures, such as the circle and peaked crescent motifand another described as a bird perched on a mountain-like shape; it appears that some of these may belong to the Liangzhu culture.
The letters were determined to be years before the Anyang Chinese script. It has been pointed out that non-literate people are often able to use limited sets of symbols, including numerals, to convey meaning in a manner which is not writing per se; see Qiup.Cinese characters are logograms used in the writing ofChinese,Japanese, Korean, and some other Asian languages.
There is more than one way to write \"China\" in Chinese. One way that this word is written is the same way that \"among,\" \"in,\" \"middle\" and \"center\" are written in Chinese.
There is also another way to write \"China.\" There are two variations of this form: a traditional form and a. Chinese writing has a history of some three thousand five hundred years. It is not as old as Sumerian or Egyptian writing; there is no certain evidence, however, that the invention of writing in China was in any way stimulated by the earlier existence of writing in the Near East.
Early Chinese writing was in the form of picture-symbols. Over thousands of years, the characters gradually changed shape as new writing tools were used, paper was invented, and people simplified the writing style. Chinese calligraphy (beautiful writing) was .
In China, there are more than 3, dialects of Chinese being spoken; however, Chinese writing symbols are all the same across the regions. So people from different provinces in China speak different dialects, but use the same written language.
Early Chinese writing was in the form of picture-symbols. Over thousands of years, the characters gradually changed shape as new writing tools were used, paper was invented, and people simplified the writing style.
Chinese calligraphy (beautiful writing) was .