The Phonetics of Japanese Language

With Reference to Japanese Script

By P M Suski

© 2011 – Routledge

140 pages

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About the Book

This book gives true characters of Japanese speech sounds in reference to European speech sounds. When it was first published in 1931, it was the first book of its kind. There are only 5 Japanese vowel elements as opposed to 18 in English, 13 in French and 8 in German. There are 15 Japanese consonants, 26 in English, 22 in French & 23 in German. Because of the lesser number of elements, it follows that the wider range in vowels and consonants is heard by Japanese ears, so this volume gives average sounds uttered by Japanese in the twentieth century in relation to the English sounds.

Table of Contents

1. How Japan Acquired the Writing 2. Sounds of Kanji 3. Japanese Sounds of Kanji 4. Japan-made Characters & Japan-created Sounds 5. Calligraphy 6. Japanese Compositions 7. Japanese Compounds 8. Phonetic Use of Kanji 9. Kana 10. Sounds of Japanese Speech 11. Japanese Consonants 12. Romaji 13. Accents and Stresses 14. Japanese Orthography 15. Early Japanese Sounds

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Japan

Routledge Library Editions: Japan brings together a century's worth of publishing and provides a comprehensive collection of volumes which chart the literature, history, economics, politics & sociology of this fascinating country.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LCO004000
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General