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By Nanette Gottlieb

Nanette Gottlieb's accomplished research considers the function of language in eastern society, really on the subject of the formation of nationwide and private identities. It covers vital questions resembling multilingualism, language and nationalism, language and expertise, and literacy and interpreting behavior. Written by way of a number one authority during this box, Gottlieb's paintings is vital interpreting for college students and students wishing to grasp extra concerning the jap language and the society within which it really is spoken.

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Wakankonk¯obun, while it combined both these traditions, did so with a heavy admixture of contemporary elements which made it less arcane (for details, examples and history of the development of each of these four styles, see Twine 1991a). Sino-Japanese was the form of writing used in official documents, criticism and exposition, history and critical essays, early Meiji translations of western literature and in general in upper class education. The term kambun (literally “Chinese writing,” denoting the Chinese language as used in Japan), actually encompasses several different types of Chinese or Chinese-influenced writing in Japan, including jun kambun (pure Chinese, or a Japanese attempt at writing Chinese as a foreign language using Chinese word order2 ) and kambun kundoku (Chinese read as Japanese with the help of diacritics and glosses to indicate word order and pronunciation, or written out in full as Japanese with a combination of Chinese characters and Japanese phonetic katakana).

Wakankonk¯obun, while it combined both these traditions, did so with a heavy admixture of contemporary elements which made it less arcane (for details, examples and history of the development of each of these four styles, see Twine 1991a). Sino-Japanese was the form of writing used in official documents, criticism and exposition, history and critical essays, early Meiji translations of western literature and in general in upper class education. The term kambun (literally “Chinese writing,” denoting the Chinese language as used in Japan), actually encompasses several different types of Chinese or Chinese-influenced writing in Japan, including jun kambun (pure Chinese, or a Japanese attempt at writing Chinese as a foreign language using Chinese word order2 ) and kambun kundoku (Chinese read as Japanese with the help of diacritics and glosses to indicate word order and pronunciation, or written out in full as Japanese with a combination of Chinese characters and Japanese phonetic katakana).

Outside the Chinese community schools, Chinese (Mandarin), like Korean, is taught in a number of other schools: in a 1998 report by The Japan Forum, 353 schools across Japan, many of them private schools, either taught Chinese or intended to introduce it by 2001, compared to 165 with Korean (52 schools offered both). This reflected a big increase for both languages since 1987, thought to be the result of the release in that year of the final report of the Ad-Hoc Council on Education which recommended inter alia that the range of elective subjects in the high school curriculum be expanded.

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