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ERIC Number: EJ874042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
The Philological and Exegetical Approach to Language and Culture in the History of Language Study in Japan
Eto, Hiroyuki
Language Sciences, v30 n5 p546-552 Sep 2008
In the history of language study in Japan, there are two main streams: foreign language study and an inquiry into the mother tongue. For both types of language study, the philological and exegetical interpretation of texts had generally been the central approach for many centuries, particularly in the "koku-gaku" movement--a fierce Nativist reaction against the dominance of foreign studies. Through the textual and exegetical approach to the Japanese classical literature and ancient writings, the "koku-gaku" scholars not only elucidated the language and the world of the ancient Japanese people, but also reevaluated their "mono-no-aware" (sensitivity in literary creation) and insisted on a return to "yamato-gokoro" (original Japanese ways of thinking) to refute the claims of foreign influence for the purpose of identifying and appreciating traditional value of Japanese mentality and morality. "Kogu-gaku" scholars' attitude towards language study parallels the approach of German philologists of the 19th century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan