Typographers All - I have finally heard from a Sinologist
(i.e., an expert on Chinese history & culture),
Richard S. Cook
( [log in to unmask] ) - and here is what he says:
>I'm a Sinologist, and I can tell you authoritatively and beyond a
>shadow of a doubt that Chinese does in fact have cursive styles,
>"cursive" meaning 'handwritten', as opposed to printed. The common
>modern printed form of Traditional (Taiwanese) Chinese is called
>"kaishu", literally 'square script'. This derives from the block print
>styles of the Song Dynasty. Cursive writing styles are called "caoshu",
>literally 'sloppy script'. These can vary widely in legibility. Kaishu
>and caoshu are both traditional art forms, executed with brush and ink.
>Richard S. COOK
>Somerville, Massachusetts USA
>mailto:[log in to unmask]
The description of "caoshu" writing as "sloppy script" WOULD appear to
establish that this is as "cursive" as anything ever produced in English!
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