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Remarks on Kaempferʼs Imatto Canna

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Title: Remarks on Kaempferʼs Imatto Canna
Authors: Okada, Kazuhiro Browse this author
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University
Journal Title: Journal of the graduate school of letters
Volume: 14
Start Page: 15
End Page: 35
Abstract: Engelbert Kaempferʼs The History of Japan describes an unusual Japanese script, Imatto Canna. Although the term can be attested in Japanese literature as such, the Japanese use of the term (Yamatogana in modern orthography) is itself varied and does not superficially agree with Kaempfer's. This paper attempts to classify the Japanese usages of this term and untangle the differences between Kaempfer's works on Japanese scripts. A comparison between his published works and his manuscripts reveals that his original understanding of Yamato-gana was not far from the Japanese use of the term, but that some misinterpretations arose during The History of Japan's editing process.
Type: bulletin (article)
Appears in Collections:Journal of the Faculty of Humanities and Human Sciences > Volume 14

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