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Re: [Lingo] spaces in japanese writing

On 15/07/07, Jim Breen <> wrote:

On 30/06/07, Josh Glover <> wrote:

> They are a modern
> addition to the language, ....

Well, not quite. Some years back I was working on a project analyzing texts
printed in Japan (in Japanese) around 1600. Guess what - the phrases
were usually indicated by having slightly greater spaces between them.

Very interesting; I had no idea.

Originally Greek and Latin were often written without spaces. They were a
swine to read that way. Some Latin inscriptions have a "." above the first
letter of each word as an aide to parsing.

Again, stuff I did not know but now do.

Thanks heaps (and heaps), Jim. :)


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