Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Revised edition

ISBN 9789027218094 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027218100 | EUR 25.00 | USD 37.95
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The book describes how the three East Asian writing systems-Chinese, Korean, and Japanese- originated, developed, and are used today. Uniquely, this book: (1) examines the three East Asian scripts (and English) together in relation to each other, and (2) discusses how these scripts are, and historically have been, used in literacy and how they are learned, written, read, and processed by the eyes, the brain, and the mind.

In this second edition, the authors have included recent research findings on the uses of the scripts, added several new sections, and rewritten several other sections. They have also added a new Part IV to deal with issues that similarly involve all the four languages/scripts of their interest.

The book is intended both for the general public and for interested scholars. Technical terms (listed in a glossary) are used only when absolutely necessary.

This title replaces Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean and Japanese (1995)

[Studies in Written Language and Literacy, 14]  2014.  xix, 487 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
About the authors
Part I. Chinese
Spoken Chinese
Chinese characters: Hanzi
Meaning representation in characters
Sound representation by characters
History of education and literacy in China
Reforming spoken and written Chinese
School, and learning to read in Chinese
Summary and conclusions
Part II. Korean
Korean language
Hancha: Chinese characters
Han’g?l: Alphabetic syllabary
Learning and using Han’g?l
Why should Hancha be kept?
History of education and literacy in Korea
Summary and conclusions
Part III. Japanese
Japanese language
Kanji: Chinese characters
Kana: Japanese syllabary
R?maji: Roman letters
Why keep Kanji?
History of mass literacy in Japan
Learning and using Kanji and Kana
The Japanese educational system
Summary and conclusions
Part IV. Common issues
Eye movements and text writing in East Asia
Reading and the brain
East Asian students in international tests
Logographic characters vs phonetic scripts
Name index
Subject index
“[The book] provides an excellent account of writing and literacy in three national languages of East Asia .... It is strongly recommended not only to those working on writing and literacy, but to broad typologists and cognitive linguists.”
“Overall, this is a valuable book [...]. For the reader who is not a specialist in East Asian languages, it provides a great deal of information about writing and literacy that would otherwise be hard to find in one place. Due to its broad scope, even specialists are likely to find new information on some topics.”
“The first edition of the book covered a wide-range of topics in writing and literacy in the three East Asian languages, in relation to each other and to English. The second edition is thoroughly updated, especially in reading research. I heartily recommend it to both academic communities and the general public.”
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BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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