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Title: “Notwithstanding the Broken English and Imperfect Grammar”:A Short Analysis of Joseph Hardy Neesima’s Letters in English
Other Titles: 「片言の英語と不完全な文法にもかかわらず」:新島襄の英語で書かれた手紙の分析
Authors: Maher, Richard A.
マハー, リチャードA.
Keywords: Joseph Neesima
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2015
Publisher: 新島学園短期大学
Citation: 新島学園短期大学紀要.35,63-83(2015)
Abstract: Joseph Neesima spent the vast majority of his life in the pursuit of improving himself. As a boy and an adolescent in Edo, his early education focused on Japanese and Chinese teachings and then broadened to include Western knowledge that he gained from reading Dutch texts. Budding interest in Christianity motivated the desire to translate the Bible into his native tongue, so he spent ten years abroad immersing himself in American culture, understanding Western education methods, and developing his Christian faith, all the while improving his linguistic aptitude. Unquestionably, he made great strides. The documents that Neesima left behind offer insight into his overall English language competence, and this paper is a brief analysis of some of the letters that he wrote in English while abroad. Exploring these letters reveals many of the profound experiences, friendships, and motivating factors that influenced his English language ability, but ultimately, all of these were superseded by his charismatic character and commitment to personal and spiritual improvement.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/11475
ISSN: 1880-2141
Appears in Collections:第35号 (2015)

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