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The Chinese typewriter : a history, Thomas S. Mullaney

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The Chinese typewriter : a history
Title
The Chinese typewriter
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
Thomas S. Mullaney
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. This book is about those encounters -- in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. Thomas Mullaney describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter. The earliest Chinese typewriters, Mullaney tells us, were figments of popular imagination, sensational accounts of twelve-foot keyboards with 5,000 keys. One of the first Chinese typewriters actually constructed was invented by a Christian missionary, who organized characters by common usage (but promoted the less-common characters for "Jesus" to the common usage level). Later came typewriters manufactured for use in Chinese offices, and typewriting schools that turned out trained "typewriter girls" and "typewriter boys." Still later was the "Double Pigeon" typewriter produced by the Shanghai Calculator and Typewriter Factory, the typewriter of choice under Mao. Clerks and secretaries in this era experimented with alternative ways of organizing characters on their tray beds, inventing an arrangement method that was the first instance of "predictive text." Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology. The Chinese Typewriter, not just an "object history" but grappling with broad questions of technological change and global communication, shows how this happened."--Publisher's description
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DLC
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Mullaney, Thomas S.
Dewey number
681.61
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z49.4.C4
LC item number
M85 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Typewriters, Chinese
  • Typewriters
  • Chinese language
  • Written communication
  • Information technology
  • Communication and technology
  • Chinese language
  • Communication and technology
  • Information technology
  • Typewriters
  • Typewriters, Chinese
  • Written communication
  • China
  • Schreibmaschine
  • Technische Innovation
  • China
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
  • COMPUTERS / History
Label
The Chinese typewriter : a history, Thomas S. Mullaney
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Incompatible with modernity -- Puzzling Chinese -- Radical machines -- What do you call a typewriter with no keys? -- Controlling the Kanjisphere -- QWERTY is dead! Long live QWERTY! -- The typing rebellion
Control code
978286391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages
Isbn
9780262036368
Lccn
2016050197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)978286391
Label
The Chinese typewriter : a history, Thomas S. Mullaney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Incompatible with modernity -- Puzzling Chinese -- Radical machines -- What do you call a typewriter with no keys? -- Controlling the Kanjisphere -- QWERTY is dead! Long live QWERTY! -- The typing rebellion
Control code
978286391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 481 pages
Isbn
9780262036368
Lccn
2016050197
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)978286391

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