Why Words And Ci 詞 (辭) Are Not The Same
(Phonographs vs. Logographs)

Phonetic Languages (Latin, Sanskrit/Brahmi, most modern languages) :

letters             =  phonetic symbols (sounds)               —→    words  =  have meaning, represent ideas
拼音文字              聲音符號                                                                  有意義,表示觀念

例子  Examples :   b, ö, å,
ß, ð, ñ, Ω, и, ㄓ, ガ                       例子  Examples : boy, créée

Logographic Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) :

字 characters  = logographic / ideographic glyphs     —→  詞 (辭) = more specific / combined ideas
                             表意文字  /  象形文字                                                     特定意思  /  組合觀念

例子  Examples :  象,江   /  日,月                               例子  Examples : 電話,玄學


* Phonetic symbols represent sounds, and logographs represent ideas
            Thus, letters can be combined in nonsensical combinations (“zysaqrt”),
            but logographs intrinsically always have meaning at least on an individual level.
            However, logographs can represent a wide variety of ideas,
            and especially when combined with the widespread use of homonyms,
            determining the meaning of a graph can become extremely difficult.


Ancient Languages which seem to have developed from Logographic to Phonetic:
Sumerian Cuneiform  蘇美的楔形文字
Egyptian Hieroglyphics  埃及的象形文字
Mayan Hieroglyphics  馬雅的象形文字