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Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese

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Originally published in 1991, this book examines the process whereby a modern colloquial style of written Japanese was developed in the context of the overall modernization of Japan. The book examines the process whereby this strategic simplification took place in Japan, beginning with a discussion of the background to the problem and the reasons why change was indicated. The history, characteristics and spheres of the four major styles found in documents of the modern period are examined, as are initial moves towards ...

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Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese
2020, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9780367001728

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Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese
2018, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138394346

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