Prototype  for  a  

Substructure-­‐
Searchable  Database  
of  Hanzi  

Let’s  say…  

 …you  wanted  to  find  all  
incidents  of  卯  in  every  
Chinese  character,  which  
right  now  you  cannot.  You  
would  take  a  cursor  and…  

…circle  the  character  you  want  to  see  
displayed,  even  if  it’s  part  of  another  
character.  

Circle  the  character  you  want  to  see  
displayed,  even  if  it’s  part  of  another  
character.  

Circle  the  character  you  want  to  see  
displayed,  even  if  it’s  part  of  another  
character.  

Circle  the  character  you  want  to  see  
displayed,  even  if  it’s  part  of  another  
character.  

Circle  the  character  you  want  to  see  
displayed,  even  if  it’s  part  of  another  
character.  

And  this  selecFon  would  bring  up  a  
variety  of  sites  depicFng  the  relevant  
character,  including  both  of  these:  

The  first  links  would  include  precursors  
of  卯  from  ChineseEtymology.org  

The  fact  that  there  are  a  lot  of  idenFcal  precursors  to  
this  character  means  that  this  is  not  only  an  important  
concept  to  early  humans,  but  it  is  a  unified  concept.  

ChineseEtymology.org  

Note  they  are  all  bilaterally  symmetrical,  like  mammals.  

ChineseEtymology.org  

The  next  links  would  be  from    
Chinese  Text  Project  

Including  characters  tradiFonally  not  found  
when  searching  for  the  phoneFc  component  

Chinese  Text  Project  

Chinese  Text  Project  

Chinese  Text  Project  

Other  relevant  info  not  included  in  Chinese  
Etymology  and  Chinese  Text  Project  sites  would  
be  gleaned  from  sites  such  as  Cantonese.sheik    

Cantonese.sheik.co.uk  

Mandarin  On-­‐line  Tools  

As  well  as  the  enFre  lisFng  of  every  known  character  that  incorporates  
that  structure  along  with  its  meaning  for  easier  analysis  


㚹  

morFse  and  tenon  (tongue  and  
groove);  slit;  slot;  5  -­‐  7  a.m.  
pretty; charming girl  
willow tree; pleasure; euphemism
for “fallen woman”  
chat  

So  that  all  meanings  of  a  parFcular  
structure  can  be  appreciated  


or  

(old)  minister;  (old)  term  of  
endearment  between  
spouses;  thou  (poet.);  
noble,  high  officer  
to  feel  or  touch  with  hands;  to  
hold,  to  lay  the  hand  on,  to  cover  

And  analyzed  for  their  similariFes  

峁 yellow  dirt  mount  



one  of  the  28  constellaFons,  the  Pleiades  





rivet  
species  of  grass,  water  mallows  
sFll  waters;  river  in  Jiangsu  

Including  all  the  characters  that  have  
this  卯 structure  with  two  dots  

The  lisFngs  would  follow  the  same  
order,  first  ChineseEtymology.org  

Then  Chinese  Text  Project  

Plus  every  incidence  of  this  character,  
gleaned  from  standard  dicFonaries  




ovum  
hatch,  sit  on  eggs  
eggshells  
ferFle  eggs;  (Cant.)  roZen,  muddled  

One  could  also  circle  only  a  piece  of  a  
character…  

One  could  also  circle  only  a  piece  of  a  
character…  

One  could  also  circle  only  a  piece  of  a  
character…  

One  could  also  circle  only  a  piece  of  a  
character…  

One  could  also  circle  only  a  piece  of  a  
character…  

This  will  bring  up  all  the  previous  
characters  already  seen…  

 As  well  as  characters  that  
only  have  the  boZom  half  of  
the  卯 character,  such  as…  


young;  underage;  child’s  
hairstyle  bound  in  two  tu\s;  
ore  
two  bunches  of  hair  on  a  
child  

Which  have  a  structural  relaFonship  
with  卯  as  well  as  a  conceptual  one  

Chinese  Etymology  

There  is  no  evidence  of  a  precursor  for  丱 in  ChineseEytmology.org

Chinese  Text  Project  

Chinese  Text  Project  

Plus  the  database  would  display  
characters  that  include  the  丱  
substructure  


to  ally;  to  unite;  to  join  

mountain  pass;  to  close;  to  
shut;  to  turn  off;  to  concern;  
to  involve  

That  is  the  Fp  of  the  iceburg  
•  There  are  many  more  such  structural  lineages  
to  be  analyzed,  the  tool  just  needs  to  be  built.    
•  I  am  looking  for  partners  in  order  to  create  
something  that  does  not  yet  exist.    
•  Let  me  know  what  you  help/advice/aid  you  
can  offer.  
•  Using  this  and  like  tools,  we  could  all  be  
learning  languages  faster.  

So  that  was  the  tool.    
This  is  a  possible  analysis:  

卵  depicts  Fallopian  tubes  filled  with  
eggs,  which  is  why  it  means  “ovum.”    

㚹 means  “preZy  girl”  because  she  

doesn’t  yet  have  eggs,  and  hence  she  is  
sFll  aZracFve  to  a  man  who  prefers  a  
virgin  because  he  doesn’t  want  to  be  a  
cuckold,  a  male  who  is  supporFng  some  
other  male’s  geneFc  lineage.    

Hair  style  imparts  meaning  
The  hair  style  of  a  young  girl  communicates  
her  eligibility  for  maFng  in  many  cultures.    
Just  like  妹妹  means  “younger  sister”  and  未  
means  “not  yet,”  the  character  丱  implies  that  
this  staFsFcal  girl  is  not  yet  ready  for  
procreaFon—but  she  will  be  soon.    

“Ore”  is  a  key  word  

two  tu\s  of  hair,  young,  
underage,  child’s  hairstyle  
bound  in  two  tu\s;  ore  

The  word  “ore”  is  significant  as  it  represents  
unrefined  material,  like  a  pre-­‐ferFle,  virgin  girl.  
There  is  value  inherent  in  both  ore  and  a  female  
who  can  produce  a  geneFc  lineage  for  a  male.  

Metaphor  and  euphemism  both  
explain  and  beauFfy  reality  
•  This  staFsFcal  girl  is  the  metaphorical  “ore”  
that  will  soon  be  “mined.”  
•  Metaphor  and  euphemisim  are  the  tools  that  
humans  use  to  conceptualize  and  understand  
the  world.    
•  We  use  the  known  to  explain  the  unknown.  
We  also  use  a  preZy  picture  to  describe  
something  less  pleasant  (月  represenFng  肉  
comes  to  mind…)  

Males  need  females  
•  Males  cannot  create  offspring  on  their  own.  
•  Males  need  females  to  produce  progeny.  
•  Females  were  the  first  automaFon.  

A  dynasty  is  a  “gynasty”  
•  Biologically  a  male  harem  doesn’t  work.  
•  A  male  harem  can’t  make  as  many  offspring  as  
a  female  harem.  
•  One  man  can  inseminate  many  females,  not  
vice  versa.  
•  Kings  had  harems  in  order  to  create  a  work  
force  and  warriors.    

A  beZer  Hanzi  search  tool  is  needed  
Even  if  you  don’t  agree  with  all  the  analysis,  
it’s  clear  that  a  beZer  Hanzi  search  tool  is  
needed  in  order  to  be  able  to  see  the  
relaFonship  of  structure  to  meaning;    
to  see  if  there  is  indeed  a  relaFonship  
between  structure  and  meaning.  
We  can’t  claim  there  isn’t  if  we’ve  never  
analyzed  the  relaFonship.  

Culture  imparts  code  
•  Humans,  being  animals,  have  paZern  which  
they  have  injected  into  wriZen  language.  
•  Each  culture  has  its  own  code.  That  code  is  a  
subtlety  of  which  even  the  culture  is  unaware.  
•  If  we  could  magnify  that  subtlety,  we  could  
teach  language  faster  using  the  POV  of  the  
culture  and  its  logic  that  is  impregnated  within  
the  visual  aspect  of  the  script.    

If  we  had  a  substructure-­‐
searchable  database  to  make  
comparisons,  then  understanding,  
retaining,  and  teaching  Chinese  
would  be  greatly  facilitated.  

For  more  info:    
www.OriginofAlphabet.com  
Jennifer  Ball  
originofalphabet@me.com