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Re: [Lingo] Development of Kana?

2009/12/17 Niels Kobschätzki <>:
> Does anyone here has by any chance some idea where I can get reliable and citable information (so to speak: not the wikipedia) about the development of hiragana and katakana? I found a paper on Man'yogana but nothing really on the nowadays used scripture :(
> An electronic resource would be best :)

I *strongly* recommend Christopher Seeley's "History of Writing in Japan ".

Very readable and very authoritative.

No electronic version, unfortunately.


Jim Breen
Adjunct Snr Research Fellow, Clayton School of IT, Monash University
Treasurer: Hawthorn Rowing Club, VCA Secondary School, Japanese Studies Centre
Graduate student: Language Technology Group, University of Melbourne

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