Chapter 7. Japanese: Three Scripts are Better than One

  1. Amalia E. Gnanadesikan

Published Online: 5 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304671.ch7

The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet

The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet

How to Cite

Gnanadesikan, A. E. (2008) Japanese: Three Scripts are Better than One, in The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304671.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

Book Series:

  1. The Language Library

Book Series Editors:

  1. David Crystal

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405154062

Online ISBN: 9781444304671

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Keywords:

  • Japanese - Three Scripts are Better than One;
  • using Chinese characters arranged in Chinese syntax;
  • Chinese sentence - the verb placed between the subject and the object, as in English;
  • Chinese language - permanent mark on Japanese, in its writing system, vocabulary, and also in its phonology;
  • Hiragana invented by Saint Kōbō Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism;
  • Katakana abbreviated from standard (noncursive) characters - retaining angular shape of noncursive kanji;
  • present orthographic conventions in Japan based on policies implemented after World War II