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Re: Orthography Question

From:lucasso <lucasso@...>
Date:Thursday, November 12, 1998, 20:46
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Od: Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...>
Do: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...>
Data: 10 listopada 1998 11:14
Temat: Re: Orthography Question

> As far as I know of the origin of katakana and hiragana, there h=
>always been an important distinction between katakana and hiragana. It's >just the kind of distinction that changed. > > In the 10th century, the Japanese (only men) used Chinese ideogr=
>to write Japanese words. They used them only with their phonetic value >(actually approximately as Japanese phonetics are very different from >Chinese phonetics). Then a "female" literature began to appear. Women
>have the right to write and read, but they passed through it inventing f=
>some Chinese ideograms the first syllabary which was hiragana. At that
>it was called "women's writing" (I don't remember the expression in >Japanese).
wasn't it 'onna-no'