Japanese Hieroglossia
Japanese Hieroglossia
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At a very early stage, Japanese civilization asserted itself in a relationship of “linguistic competition” with Chinese, in both the religious, the literary, and the intellectual spheres. This cultural symbiosis linked to the shaping of a language, that Jean-Noël Robert has called hieroglossia, was the primary source of the speech that… (more)

At a very early stage, Japanese civilization asserted itself in a relationship of “linguistic competition” with Chinese, in both the religious, the literary, and the intellectual spheres. This cultural symbiosis linked to the shaping of a language, that Jean-Noël Robert has called hieroglossia, was the primary source of the speech that Yasunari Kawabata delivered upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968: By drawing on Japanese Buddhist poetry, he placed himself in the Zen tradition and the mysticism of the language of the Shingon school, according to which there is a direct link between linguistic signs and the substance of things.

 

Publisher: Collège de France (October 21, 2013)

File size: 1.5 MB

Protection: Watermark

Language: English

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