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Re: Japanese Deconstructed

Postby Harisenbon » Tue 06.02.2009 8:12 pm

jcdietz03 wrote:It seems like katakana words were ignored by the list.
But that's wrong - katakana words were included. The most common katakana word is ロシア which is around 200th on the list.


Like tony said, it's because of the newspapers try to save on space, and thus use as little katakana as possible.
In Russia's case, it's only three characters, and there is no shorter commonly used version of the name, thus ロシア is used.
When they talk about the Soviet Union, they use the abreviation 旧ソ連 (旧ソビエト連邦)
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Re: Japanese Deconstructed

Postby AJBryant » Tue 06.02.2009 10:31 pm

Harisenbon wrote:
jcdietz03 wrote:In Russia's case, it's only three characters, and there is no shorter commonly used version of the name, thus ロシア is used.


Well, there is 露... but that usually only appears in compounds or in conjunction with other country abbreviations (e.g., 露・仏).

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Re: Japanese Deconstructed

Postby Harisenbon » Tue 06.02.2009 11:13 pm

AJBryant wrote:Well, there is 露... but that usually only appears in compounds or in conjunction with other country abbreviations (e.g., 露・仏).


Yeah, but the readability of the character when printed small, as well as the fact that you only save one space makes it not as attractive as something like 米 or 英. ;)

I'm curious if there's a list as to how country names should be displayed in a newspaper.
For example, while I've seen 仏 and 米, ブラジル and ドイツ are almost always katakana.
I think I've seen 印 before, but I could be remembering wrong.
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Re: Japanese Deconstructed

Postby furrykef » Wed 06.03.2009 3:48 am

One way to find out for sure would be to check out a newspaper's style guide, though you'll probably have to pay money for one. Might be an interesting book for other purposes, though.
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