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Conflicts over the Writing System : Toward a Theory of Script Conflict
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Matsuo, Masatsugu
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Peace Science
abstract
The present paper is an attempt to explore the causes and circumstances of conflicts over the writing system, or script conflicts, on the basis of the examination of a variety of cases. First of all, the creation or change of the writing system is often closely linked with the interests and identity of a group. The writing system, whether it is newly created or changed or maintained, can influence the life chances of a group. Or it may satisfy or disappoint the identity need of the group. Secondly, the modern industrial society requires universal or semi-universal literacy. The writing system is a prerequisite for this. Thirdly, the relationship between a language and its writing system is not a necessary one, but a conventional or arbitrary one. This means that there is always room for the choice of a writing system among possible candidates. This nature of the writing system also provides a possibility of conflict over the choice.
journal title
Hiroshima Peace Science
volume
Volume 22
start page
75
end page
114
date of issued
2000
publisher
広島大学平和科学研究センター
issn
0386-3565
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
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application/pdf
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publisher
department
Institute for Peace Science
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