Japanese Hieroglossia - Full text

Jean-Noël Robert's Inaugural Lecture, delivered on Thursday 2 Februar 2012, in electronic format. Free access.

Japenese 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 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.

Jean-Noël Robert, Japanese Hieroglossia, Paris, Collège de France, October 2013. URL (full text) : http://books.openedition.org/cdf/3101  

Jean-Noël Robert, Philology of Japanese Civilization