ERIC Number: ED276282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
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Lexical Aspects of the Modernization of Japanese during the Meiji Restoration.
The use of Sino-Japanese in the vocabulary of the Japanese language has increased greatly since the Meiji Restoration of the mid-nineteenth century. Although there are differences in the types of Sino-Japanese writing, their meanings can be created by association through the "Kun" or meaning-based readings of the characters of which they are composed. This characteristic and the classical Chinese education of the scholars engaged in translating foreign materials during this period were important factors in the adoption of so many new Sino-Japanese terms. It is possible that this unique relationship between the Japanese and Chinese writing systems is responsible for the persistence of a passive attitude toward incorporation of foreign knowledge into Japanese. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Vernacular Languages for Modern Societies (Bad Homburg, West Germany, June 11-15, 1985).