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A HISTORY OF WRITING IN JAPAN

Seeley, Christopher

ISBN 10: 9004090819 / ISBN 13: 9789004090811
Published by E.J. Brill, Leiden., 1991
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Leiden,1991. In-8o.X-(4)lvs.,243 pp.21 plates & 6 figures.Orig.blue cloth. In new condition. Series: Brill's Japanese Studies Library Vol.3. Weight: 600 grams. Bookseller Inventory # 0002604

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Title: A HISTORY OF WRITING IN JAPAN

Publisher: E.J. Brill, Leiden.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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C. Seeley is Head of the Department of Asian Languages at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Publications: many articles in such publications as Gobun, Nihongo Kyōiku, Encyclopedia of Japan, and Visible Language.

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