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Title: An Ancient Writing System for Modern Japan
Authors: Tollini, Aldo
Keywords: Nipponistica
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Venezia: Edizioni Ca' Foscari
Series/Report no.: Ca’ Foscari Japanese Studies;3
Abstract: This essay deals with what we could call ‘the adequacy of a writing system to the society it serves’. It is intended to be a sociolinguistic approach to writing, which is, however, seldom tackled by modern linguists. In other words, the question can be reformulated as: ‘How does the mixed logophonographic kanji-kana majiri writing system presently used in Japan work in modern Japanese society? And, above all, does it fulfil its task or is it too cumbersome, causing difficulty in learning and manipulation? Or, on the contrary, is it too poor, causing inadequacy and ambiguity?
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