A History of Writing in Japan

This book deals chronologically with the history of writing in Japan, a subject which spans a period of 2,000 years, beginning with the transmission of writing from China in about the first or second century AD, and concluding with the use ...

Author: Christopher Seeley

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004090819

Category: Foreign Language Study

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This book deals chronologically with the history of writing in Japan, a subject which spans a period of 2,000 years, beginning with the transmission of writing from China in about the first or second century AD, and concluding with the use of written Japanese with computers. Topics dealt with include the adoption of Chinese writing and its subsequent adaptation in Japan, forms of writing employed in works such as the "Kojiki" and "Man'yoshu," development of the "kana" syllabaries, evolution of mixed character-"kana" orthography, historical "kana" usage, the rise of literacy during the Edo period, and the main changes that have taken place in written Japanese in the modern period (ca. 1868 onwards). This is the first full-length work in a European language to provide the Western reader with an overall account of the subject concerned, based on extensive examination of both primary and secondary materials.

A History of Writing in Japan

Beyond doubt , it will be an immeasurable advantage if they use the time thus gained in scholarship or industry , each according to his own inclination.13 Presumably in order to demonstrate that it was feasible to write Japanese ...

Author: Christopher Seeley

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 082482217X

Category: History

Page: 264

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This book deals chronologically with the history of writing in Japan, a subject which spans a period of 2,000 years, beginning with the transmission of writing from China in about the first or second century AD, and concluding with the use of written Japanese with computers. Topics dealt with include the adoption of Chinese writing and its subsequent adaptation in Japan, forms of writing employed in works such as the "Kojiki" and "Man'yoshu," development of the "kana" syllabaries, evolution of mixed character-"kana" orthography, historical "kana" usage, the rise of literacy during the Edo period, and the main changes that have taken place in written Japanese in the modern period (ca. 1868 onwards). This is the first full-length work in a European language to provide the Western reader with an overall account of the subject concerned, based on extensive examination of both primary and secondary materials.

History of Writing

Young people use it more frequently now in their mixed scripts , thus achieving a ' looser ' conversational tone.36 Katakana syllabograms have become the ' italic script ' of Japanese writing . Japan's biragana and katakana syllabaries ...

Author: Steven Roger Fischer

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861891679

Category: History

Page: 352

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We learn about it from our parents and teachers, we get better at it as we grow up, and in adult life we do it without a thought - writing.

Japanese

By the mid 7th century, the Japanese were using characters more widely and for varied purposes. This is attested by mokkan (木簡) 'wooden ... From the point-of-view of a history of writing in Japan, this is a period of experimentation.

Author: Shoichi Iwasaki

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027273147

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 383

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Japanese ranks as the ninth most widely spoken language of the world with more than 127 million speakers in the island state of Japan. Its genetic relation has been a topic of heated discussion, but Altaic and Austronesian languages appear to have contributed to the early formation of this language. Japanese has a long written tradition, which goes back to texts from the eighth century CE. The modern writing system employs a mixture of Chinese characters and two sets of syllabary indigenously developed based on the Chinese characters. This book consists of sixteen chapters covering the phonology, morphology, writing system, tense and aspect systems, basic argument structure, grammatical constructions, and discourse and pragmatic phenomena of Japanese. It provides researchers with a useful typological reference and students of Japanese with a theory-neutral introduction to current linguistic research issues.

The Idea of Writing

The borrowing of Chinese characters for writing Japanese is thought to have started as early as the third century ce. ... P. G. & S. Yanada (1987) An Introduction to Written Japanese, Seeley (1991) A History of Writing in Japan.

Author: Alexander J. de Voogt

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004174467

Category: History

Page: 396

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This exploration of the versatility of writing systems highlights their complexity when they are used to represent loanwords, solve problems of polysemy or when they are adapted to be used for another language. The approaches from different academic traditions provide a varied but expert account.

Japan

When the priests studied Chinese under a lecturer , they had to write quickly and they developed their own ... The emergence of Katakana to write Japanese was extremely important in the history of writing in Japan , since it made the ...

Author: Khoon Choy Lee

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9810218656

Category: History

Page: 318

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This work, written by an ex-Ambassador to Japan, is a first-hand account and observation of the various aspects of Japanese society ? political, historical, social and economic. It introduces themes such as Japanese religions and the political system, as well as describing and explaining many of the country's rich traditions. The author's personal experiences of Japan are interspersed with historical tales and factual details, providing an insight into Japanese behavior, thinking and way of life. This book will be immensely useful to those who wish to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Japanese mind. It is the result of a four-year stay in Japan by the author, a Singaporean ex-Ambassador and politician.

The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji

Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Japanese Characters Christopher Seely, Kenneth G. Henshall ... character shapes in modern Japanese, detailed information can be found in Chapters 8 and 9 of A History of Writing in Japan.

Author: Christopher Seely

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462917730

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 704

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Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book. This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list—providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As fascinating as it is useful, this is the book every Japanese language learners keeps on his or her desk and visits over and over. This Kanji book includes: Clear, large-sized entries All of the General Use Joyo Kanji Characters Japanese readings and English meanings stroke-count stroke order usage examples mnemonic hints for easy memorization The components which make up each character are detailed, and the Kanji are graded in difficulty according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing students to prioritize the order in which the Kanji are learned and track their progress. This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language. It is the only book that also provides historical and etymological information about the Japanese Kanji. This latest edition has been updated to include all of the 2,136 Kanji on the expanded Joyo list issued by the Japanese government in 2010. Many entries have been revised to include the most recent research on character etymologies.

Political Thought in Japanese Historical Writing

It is not surprising that the Japanese found it worthy of emulation in ancient times. Thus the compilers of Nihon Shoki had the benefit of a large body of historical writing from China. Fifteen Standard Histories had been written by the ...

Author: John S. Brownlee

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780889208742

Category: History

Page: 174

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It was only at the onset of the Tokugawa period (1602-1868) that formal political thought emerged in Japan. Prior to that time Japanese scholars had concentrated, rather, on questions of legitimacy and authority in historical writing., producing a stream of works. Brownlee’s illuminating study describes twenty of these important historical works commencing with Kojiki (712) and Nihon Shoki (720) and ending with Tokushi Yoron (1712) by Arai Hakuseki. Historical writing would cease to be the sole vehicle for political discussion in Japan in the eighteenth century as Chinese Confucian thought became dominant. The author illustrates how the first works conceptualized history as imperial history and that subsequent scholars were unable to devise alternative schemes or patterns for history until Arai Hakuseki. Following the first histories, the central concern became the question of the relation of the Emperors to the new powers that arose. Brownlee examines the genre of Historical Tales and how it treated the Fujiwara Regents, the War Tales dealing with warriors at large, and specific works of historical argument depicting the Bakufu in relation to the Emperors. By interposing the works of Gukanshø (1219) by Jien, Jinnø Shøtøki (1339) by Kitabatake Chikafusa and Tokushi Yoron by Arai Hakuseki a clear pattern, demonstrating the sequential development of complexity and sophistication in handling the question, is revealed. Japanese political thought thus developed independently towards rationalism and secularism in early modern times.

Rediscovering Japan Reintroducing Christendom

In actuality, historical writing, cultural interpretation, and social analyses can easily become ethnocentrically biased. This is not only the case with Japanese studies but with many areas of science, in particular the humanities and ...

Author: Samuel Lee, superintendent, Bristol Township School District

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 0761849505

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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Japan's Christian history and cultural roots are examined from an alternative perspective. Lee analyzes cultural, religious and linguistic evidence to argue that Christianity was introduced to Japan through the Lost Tribes of Israel, converted to Christianity through the missionary efforts of the Assyrian Church of the East around A.D. 500.

Realms of Literacy

Drawing on archaeological and archival sources varying in content, style, and medium, this book highlights the diverse modes and uses of writing that coexisted in a variety of configurations among different social groups.

Author: David Barnett Lurie

Publisher: Brill

ISBN: 1684175089

Category: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

Page: 497

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"In the world history of writing, Japan presents an unusually detailed record of transition to literacy. Extant materials attest to the social, cultural, and political contexts and consequences of the advent of writing and reading, from the earliest appearance of imported artifacts with Chinese inscriptions in the first century BCE, through the production of texts within the Japanese archipelago in the fifth century, to the widespread literacies and the simultaneous rise of a full-fledged state in the late seventh and eighth centuries. David B. Lurie explores the complex processes of adaptation and invention that defined the early Japanese transition from orality to textuality. Drawing on archaeological and archival sources varying in content, style, and medium, this book highlights the diverse modes and uses of writing that coexisted in a variety of configurations among different social groups. It offers new perspectives on the pragmatic contexts and varied natures of multiple simultaneous literacies, the relations between languages and systems of inscription, and the aesthetic dimensions of writing. Lurie's investigation into the textual practices of early Japan illuminates not only the cultural history of East Asia but also the broader comparative history of writing and literacy in the ancient world."