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A Study on the configuration and formation of Dutch in the end of 18th century Focusing on Rangakukaitei(蘭學階梯)the second volume(卷下)

  • 日本硏究
  • 2017, (46), pp.81-101
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2017.08.46.81
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 29, 2017
  • Accepted : August 5, 2017
  • Published : August 20, 2017

Yi, Keun Sang 1

1인천대학교

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ABSTRACT

A Study on the configuration and formation of Dutch in the end of 18thcentury Focusing on Rangakukaitei(蘭學階梯)the second volume(卷下) Modern Japan came across Western language through the interchange of early 17th Western culture and internal and external events that had happened in Japan. At that moment what Japan needed most was the well-understanding of Western people’s language. The necessity of Dutch grew high as Japan had more contact with the Dutch and in result professional interpreter, who is an expert in speaking and translating Dutch, begun to appear. Since then translating and interpreting the Dutch language took concrete form. However, there had not been found any specific methodical data on how to study the Dutch Language but only a few fragmentary document had been left and that was Rangakukaitei 1788 which was established after Oszki Gentagu had been studying abroad. This book, established by Otsuki Gentaku(大槻玄沢), was an introductory manual of Dutch language explaining the letters and numbers of Dutch which was widely used as an guide book on Dutch. This book had given a quite influence on propagating Dutch language in Japan later on. We will overview the characteristics of how Dutch language has been studied in the late 18thcentury through this Rangakukaitei content and composition. Furthermore, we will examine how Japan’s traditional method of learning foreign language has been reflected and see how other feature may influence in studying foreign language.

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