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The modern Japanese writing system has its beginnings in the fourth century. It was around this time that written Chinese, the kanji characters, appeared in Japan. Before this, there was no true native Japanese writing system—there were some scrapes of records, but nothing definitive. While the Japanese aristocracy originally learned kanji to read Chinese, over the years, a form of writing called kanbun developed, However, it wasn’t until sometime around 750 AD that a true form of Japanese writing emerged. The man’yugana made use of kanji, but only the phonetic aspects of them, not their actual meaning. Many words from China had no Japanese equivalent, so these words entered Japanese with little change. The reading depends on the word and the context it’s used in.

Posted on: 2010/9/15 19:43
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Do you think that this "context" limitation of the language creates a limitation on creation of new ideas? I think language to some degree acts as a definer of thought.

Posted on: 2010/9/15 23:27
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