Outline of Japanese Writing System

Index to This Document
1. The Origin of Chinese Characters
1.1 The Birth of a Pictographic Scrip
1.2 Formation of Chinese Characters

2. Introduction of Chinese Characters to Japan
2.1 Early Stages
2.2 On and Kun Readings
2.3 Classification of On Reading
2.4 Special Uses
2.5 Language Reforms

3. Chinese Characters in Japanese
3.1 The Japanese Script
3.2 Functions of Kanji
3.3 Word-Formation
3.4 Meaning of Kanji

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