One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The more cursive and more widely used form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, especially used for function words and inflections.Compare with katakana
- ‘Japanese grammar is in an easy script, hiragana, in which each symbol is a semi syllable, as in hi-ra-ga-na.’
- ‘I've pretty much done the hiragana and katakana sections now, which was a major stumbling block.’
- ‘In modern written Japanese, kanji, hiragana, and katakana are combined.’
- ‘The real principle at work is that hiragana is the default, while katakana is marked.’
- ‘The main predictors of first graders’ reading speed were RAN tasks: kanji and hiragana.’
Japanese, ‘plain kana’.
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