- Project Leader : Shimizu Masaaki (Osaka University, Graduate school of language and culture)
- Collaborators : Kojima Hiroyuki (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- : Yano Masataka (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- : Moriwaki Yuki (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- : Ookawa Akinori (Freelance Researcher)
- : Ono Mikiko (Kyoto University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
Outline of Research
This research attempts to compile bibliographic information on Han Nom texts, written in both Chinese and Chu Nom characters and archived by Vietnamese temples in Thailand, into a database. It will also collect and examine original documents in order to determine their value in the broader set of relevant resources and manuscripts. The goal of this research is to investigate whether “style theory” and “morphological theory” used in Japanese paleography can be applied to Southeast Asian source material.
As the Han Nom texts, which are the subject of this research, have not been studied sufficiently at the text level, we will attempt to catalogue, annotate, and examine the texts using paleographic methods. In the first year, we will create an annotated bibliography of various texts including Buddhists scriptures (110 texts written in Chinese characters, Chu Nom, Thai, and other languages) donated by the late Professor Yumio Sakurai to Kyoto University.
In the second year, from among the original manuscripts, we will select those with unique characteristics and examine the original paper quality. We will evaluate the validity of using Japanese paleographic methods to study Southeast Asian materials relative to other methods. The bibliographies and annotations created will be made available to the public through the Kyoto University OPAC and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Library websites.
Exchanging opinions on appraisal results of historical paper
After the 4th survey workshop