Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Chinese names for chemical elements

I found the Wikipedia article "Periodic table (Chinese)" interesting, since it collects all the Chinese names for chemical elements (in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese, where names occasionally differ, especially in man-made elements after uranium).

I find it interesting that Chinese has coined single-morpheme, single-character names for each new element.

It makes me wonder, though, whether this causes even more problematic homophony and/or how people learn the pronunciation of such extra characters—are they pronounced exactly the same as the phonetic component, for example?

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