The Chinese Script (Kanbun) in the History of Japanese Written Languages
Sota Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan
February 17, 2021 · 4:30 pm—6:00 pm · Zoom
Program in East Asian Studies
A lecture and Q&A by Sota Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan) which aims to better understand the complex role that written Chinese (hanwen/kanbun 漢文) played within the variation and history of Japanese written languages. The written language of classical Chinese became a means to write the Japanese language. The key factor in this development is kundoku 訓読, a system with which a written Chinese text can be read out as an idiom of Japanese.