This research is based on the framework of social constructivism, utilizing the principle of Human Universals as a methodology to compare the similarities and differences between the ideation and formation methods of Chinese characters and English alphabets. Through comparative analysis of the ideation of English letters (pictogramme) and the origin of Chinese characters, known as the "Six Categories Theory," we discover their alignment in terms of social, traditional, and cultural aspects. This suggests that different ethnic groups share common features in terms of life experience, learning cognitive development, and thinking habits. This study also finds that the origins of English letters and Chinese characters share similar linguistic features in their methods of constructing letters/characters, such as pictographic, ideographic, and semantic characteristics. Exploring these commonalities contributes to promoting learning and communication between Chinese and English characters. Additionally, by focusing on socio-cultural aspects, traditional customs, and cognitive learning, this study aims to break away from the traditional linguistic research approach that solely focuses on language differences. This provides a broader perspective and richer dimensions for Chinese and English language learning, facilitating the development of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication.
Keywords：Origin, Chinese Characters; English Alphabets; Philosophical Views; Formation; Cultural Beliefs; Social Conventions; Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication
"A Comparative Analysis of the Origin and Formation Between Chinese Characters and English Alphabets,"
Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology: Vol. 6:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cltmt/vol6/iss2/4