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Keys

Caracteristics

The key, as mentionned in the Analysis, is one of the two elements combined to form a Kanji (with exception of the keys themselves which stand alone).

The key is the classifier depicting tje material a Kanji is made of (wood, liquid, metal, textile…) or the "concept" it represents (human being, hand, feeling, speech…). Cf. example of the Key of the fish.
These caracteristics fine-tune the general meaning given by the basic phonetic primitive. Cf. example of phonetic primitive KEN.

Main keeys

The following list shows the most important keys. One can see that, by their generality, they allow to tidy up under their banner numerous Kanji ; they are entiteld to be called "large family". (For more detail about the weight of these 24 keys, see the diagram Keys-Frequency of occurence).

The water
The liquid

water
Human being

Human being

The tree
The wood

The tree
The hand

The hand
to possess

The thread
The textile

The thread
The heart

The heart
The feeling

The sun
The day

The sun
The speech

The word
The speech

The gold
The metal

The gold
The shelter

The shelter
On the hill

On the software or appli, the screen displays the exhaustive list of other Kanji in common use classified under this key.
Cliking or pressing on their icons display their explanations and, therefore, allows to judge the scope and value of the classifier. Cf. the example of SAKU.