Ah, thanks for correcting my ignorance on this issue. Without knowing any facts at all, I simply assumed that all governments want to standardize! Perhaps it's in line with the Taiwanese attitude of "respecting individuality" which makes them accept and record all this variation.FutureSpy wrote:I'm not sure if they're trying to establish a single standard form. MOE's dictionary actually gives a lot of variations for each word, what comes in very handy. Sometimes, they even give what words people in each region use hte most.SimL wrote:All the more so for non-standardized languages like Hokkien / Taiwanese (though undoubtedly the Taiwan Ministry of Education is working in this too).
I agree with every aspect of your attitude. I too would find it (extremely) sad not to use 汝 for "you". But simply accepting their chosen character, the way you explain, ties in with what I was saying in the other topic about the value of standardization... Stated in a "too extreme" form: It doesn't matter what you pick, as long as you pick something and consistently use it!FutureSpy wrote:What they did was to establish a character for the cases where there was no known 本字. However, they also replaced some not very widespread 本字 for what has been already in use in Taiwan (你, 人, etc.), even if it wasn't etymologically correct. While I don't agree completely with that, I've following it 'cos this way I no longer have to worry about what character to use, at least at this stage.
PS. Thanks for your kind words on my stories. You may be shocked to hear that that long piece that I wrote most recently took a total of about 9 hours work (spread over Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday) to write. That's because I really polish my words over and over again - each comma or semi-colon, the choice of this or that word, the order of explaining something - they are all very carefully weighed up, before I'm satisfied with a piece that I write. Every single paragraph was proof-read probably 10-15 times, and went through probably 5-6 major edits and 10-15 minor edits - an extra word here, an additional sentence there, brackets to qualify or explain some sub-aspect, etc, etc.
It's exhausting, but I do enjoy words and writing .