grapheme

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grapheme

(grăf′ēm)
1. A letter of an alphabet.
2. The smallest element in a writing system.
3. A written symbol or group of symbols used to represent a single sound.
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The central argument I make here is that the lexicographic macrostructure and microstructures of the Shuowen are designed to prove that the changes in the writing systems are historically and graphemically observable, and consequently that the original intentions of the sages who used guwen to write the classics are literally recoverable by working backwards through the reforms and changes in writing to a proper understanding of how they classified and used their words in the guwen writing system.
The proper names, moreover, catch the reader's eye as soon as s/he scans the page in question, the oddly spelled Furr and foolishly rhyming Georgine Skeene standing out graphemically in the largely monosyllabic visual field.
Only in the case of /-i/ (graphemically, {-I} or {-y}) and /-u/ could one expect to encounter a sufficient number of nouns in Standard Spanish on which to base a statistically significant generalization.