Article published in:Writing Systems: Past, present (… and future?)
Edited by Terry Joyce and Robert Crellin
[Written Language & Literacy 22:2] 2019
► pp. 247–279
On the notions of graphematic representation and orthography from the perspective of the Japanese writing system
This paper addresses two closely related topics for understanding the highly fungible nature of written Japanese. The first is to consider the relative merits of the notions of graphematic representation and orthography with respect to the Japanese writing system (JWS). The second issue is to advocate an inclusive notion of intentionality, which together with the notion of conventionality, provides an approach to thinking about the pervasive nature of graphematic variation within the JWS. Accordingly, the principle Japanese orthographic conventions are outlined in Part 3, while the more substantive Part 4 presents a tentative classification of the various factors of intentionality that also exert considerable influence over contemporary written Japanese.
Keywords: Japanese writing system, graphematic representation, orthography, graphematic solution space, conventionality, intentionality
Published online: 30 March 2020
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