LINGUIST List 32.1455

Mon Apr 26 2021

Books: The Footprints of the Buddha: Vovin

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Date: 26-Apr-2021
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Subject: The Footprints of the Buddha: Vovin
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Title: The Footprints of the Buddha
Subtitle: The Text and the Language
Series Title: Languages of Asia
Published: 2021
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Alexander Vovin
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004449848 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004449770 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99

This book presents the transcription, translation, and analysis of Chinese (753 AD) and Japanese inscriptions (end of the 8th century AD) found on two stones now in the possession of the Yakushiji temple in Nara. All these inscriptions praise the footprints of Buddha, and more exactly their carvings in the stone. The language of the Japanese inscription, which consists of twenty-one poems, reflects the contemporary dialect of Nara. Its writing system shows a quite unique trait, being practically monophonic. The book is richly illustrated by photos of the temple and of the inscriptions.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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