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Sounds of Japanese Speech

It would seem, in a book titled Phonetics, too much space \vas given to preliminary statements about written Japanese, before we come to chapters or phonetic analysis of Japanese sounds.

But really it was a necessity to describe how Japanese sounds are outcome of Chinese sounds and ancient Japanese; the language itself is based, not on spoken tongue but rather on \vritten words, which allovv varied sounds, circumstantial or personal. Relation of written characters to sounds is not like that of other languages. Romaji is a fairly good representation of spoken Japanese, but it is not yet universally adopted, and besides there are varieties of Romaji systems.