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Literacy and Script Reform in Occupation Japan: Reading Between the Lines (Hardback)
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Literacy and Script Reform in Occupation Japan: Reading Between the Lines (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 03/10/1996
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Japanese writing intermingles three different sets of characters, making it difficult to adapt to new technology. Unger looks at why the Japanese have not reformed their orthography and specifically the efforts at script reform that took place after the Second World War, and how and why that movement was defeated.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195101669
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 219 x 147 x 18 mm


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Unger's study of literacy and script reform is a tragic account of lost opportunity. * John Lie, Social Science Japan Jnl. Vol.3, No.2, 2000. *
Unger's clear and convincing account of Japanese script reform ... is a fascinating study. * John Lie, Social Science Japan Jnl. Vol.3, No.2, 2000. *
This is a book that deserves wide readership. * John Lie, Social Science Japan Jnl. Vol.3, No.2, 2000. *
must be welcomed as filling an important gap./ Florian Coulmas, Chuo University, Japan, Written Language and Literacy.
an excellent account of literacy ... the romaji experiment was cancelled ... the book is all the more readable for Unger's obvious sympathy with the experiment's aims and his respect for those who tried to achieve them. Romanisation is and will remain a topic of East Asian significance, and not least cause for the odd surprise. * The Times Higher Education Supplement *
Unger's book adds a new dimension to the picture by clearly showing that fear of romanization, which suddenly did not seem such an unrealistic alternative, made them all the more determined to hold off the challenge. * Monumenta Nipponica *

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