A History of Writing in Japan
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252pp. March 2000
A History of Writing in Japan
Author: Seeley, Christopher;
"The most comprehensive, in-depth and readable history of the Japanese writing system available in English." --New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, June 2001

"The first English-language survey of the development of writing systems in Japan, from the time of the earliest written records to the postwar period. Well-written and annotated, this study joins the small corpus of English works devoted to one or more aspects of the language.... A reliable reference for those wanting an overview, and ... a worthy addition to reading lists in upper-level courses devoted to the history of the language." --Journal of Japanese Studies

"An aptly illustrated, up-to-date overview of the development of the Japanese writing system. It provides basic information on Japanese paleography, handy references to the secondary literature, and helpful reviews of central issues and events from recent archaeological finds to postwar script reforms.... Sure to be a standard reference for many years." --Monumenta Nipponica

"Seeley's rigorous treatment of textual data makes both Japanese primary and secondary sources ... much more accessible for many of us." --Journal of Asian Studies

Author: Seeley, Christopher;
Christopher Seeley is senior lecturer in Japanese at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.



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