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Loanwords from Japanese, 19th-20th Century
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The most significant wave of borrowings from Japanese occurred as a part of the modernization of Chinese between 1895 and 1919. Borrowing continued until it ebbed away with World War II, only to resume more recently with the spread of Japanese technology and popular culture. Borrowing from Japanese meant a reversal of the direction of influence that had persisted since the 5th century, when the Japanese began to adopt Chinese characters to write their language. As a result of the use of Chinese …

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Ivo SPIRA, “Loanwords from Japanese, 19th-20th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000044>
First published online: 2015

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