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Semi-cursive script

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Semi-cursive script

Semi-cursive script
Languages Old Chinese, Middle Chinese, Modern Chinese
Time period
Han Dynasty to present
Parent systems
Child systems
Regular script
Simplified Chinese
Chu Nom
Khitan script
Jurchen script
Tangut script
4E00–9FFF, 3400–4DBF, 20000–2A6DF, 2A700–2B734, 2F00–2FDF, F900–FAFF
Semi-cursive script
Chinese characters of "Semi-cursive Script" in regular script (left) and semi-cursive script (right).
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 行書
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabet 1. hành thư[1]
2. chữ hành
Hán-Nôm 1. 行書
2. 𡨸行
Korean name
Hangul 행서
Hanja 行書
Japanese name
Kanji 行書
Kana ぎょうしょ

Semi-cursive script is a cursive style of Chinese characters. Because it is not as abbreviated as cursive, most people who can read regular script can read semi-cursive.

Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xíngshū, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the 1st centuries AD the usual style of handwriting.

Some of the best examples of semi-cursive can be found in the work of Wang Xizhi (321-379) of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.


  1. ^ Thư pháp Trung Hoa

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