Remarks on Kaempferʼs Imatto Canna

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Engelbert Kaempferʼs The History of Japan describes an unusual Japanese script, Imatto Canna. Although the term can be attested in Japanese literature as such, the Japanese use of the term (Yamatogana in modern orthography) is itself varied and does not superficially agree with Kaempfer's. This paper attempts to classify the Japanese usages of this term and untangle the differences between Kaempfer's works on Japanese scripts. A comparison between his published works and his manuscripts reveals that his original understanding of Yamato-gana was not far from the Japanese use of the term, but that some misinterpretations arose during The History of Japan's editing process.

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  • CRID
    1390853649725966592
  • NII Article ID
    120006603700
  • NII Book ID
    AA12118273
  • DOI
    10.14943/jgsl.14.15
  • HANDLE
    2115/73479
  • ISSN
    18808832
  • Text Lang
    en
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • IRDB
    • CiNii Articles
    • KAKEN
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