Japanese syllabaries (alias for Hiragana + Katakana)Hrkt

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Concise Compendium of the World's Languages book
Japanese Writing book section
Language-Specific Style Guides from Microsoft web page
Maldivian Thaana, Japanese kana, and the representation of moras in writing journal article
Non-Latin Font: Japanese - MonotypeFonts web page
The Kana book section
  • This book contains short entries on about a hundred languages. Articles are ordered alphabetically, and each has a standard structure for ease of reference, including:

    • General Historical and Sociolinguistic Introduction
    • Writing System
    • Sound System
    • Grammatical System
    • Sample scan from a publication

    The book has an Appendix of Scripts. Each script entry is generally a chart of the characters as well as a transliteration. Most of the script entries have a small amount of explanatory text.

    AuthorGeorge L. Campbell
    LocationLondon and New York,
    YearFirst published 1995, Reprinted 1999.
    ISBN/ISSN0-415-16049-9 [Second edition published 2011: 0-415-47841-3]
  • AuthorJanet S (Shibamoto) Smith
    BookThe World's Writing Systems
    EditorPeter T. Daniels, William Bright
    PublisherOxford University Press
    LocationOxford, UK
  • Microsoft Style Guides are collections of rules that define language and style conventions for specific languages. These rules usually include general localization guidelines, information on language style and usage in technical publications, and information on market-specific data formats.

    Dateaccessed 2014-07-03
    LinkMicrosoft Style Guides
  • This article explores the way in which Maldivian Thaana and Japanese kana represent the mora count of syllables, and proposes an expansion of the inventory of script types to include moraic alphabets and moraic syllabaries.

    AuthorA.E. Gnanadesikan
    JournalWriting Systems Research
    LinkMaldivian Thaana, Japanese kana, and the representation of moras in writing

    Thaana, the script used to write the Maldivian language Dhivehi, represents the segments—the individual vowels and consonants—of the language but also notates the mora count of its syllables by assigning long vowels two vowel marks each and by using an absence-of-vowel mark on syllable-final consonants. The two Japanese kana—hiragana and katakana—do not represent individual segments, but they too notate mora count by giving long vowels two signs and by using signs for syllable-final consonants. In both languages, the kinds of consonants that can occur syllable finally are severely restricted. It is the presence or absence of such a consonant, rather than the identity of the consonant, that is important. Using a writing system that represents mora count thus makes sense in both languages. Yet Thaana and the two kana otherwise work on different principles, so it is not adequate to call them simply moraic writing systems. This prompts an expansion of the inventory of script types: Thaana is a moraic alphabet and the kana are moraic syllabaries.

  • This is a brief description of the writing systems used for writing Japanese, from the Monotype Font Foundry's Non-Latin Library.

    Site nameMonotypeFonts
    DateAccessed 2011-08-19
    LinkNon-Latin Font: Japanese
  • AuthorWolfgang Hadamitzky & Mark Spahn
    BookKanji & Kana
    PublisherTuttle Publishing

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