chapter  XIV
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Japanese Orthography

As has been n1entioned in the chapter of kana, there are 48 characters of kana and 25 n.1odifications thereof by addition of dots or circles. Among tllese, there are five pairs of hOlnophonous kalla, besides the five which have dual sounds. This makes the number of different sounds which may be written with kana 68. Use is also made of two kinds of repeating signs and one prolonging sign hut these have no relation to sounds of kana.