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The origin and classification of the Japanese language is still a subject of considerable debate among linguists.
One noticeable similarity that Japanese does have is with Korean and ancient Asian languages.
(Turkish languages, Mongolian languages and Tungus languages).
The construction and grammar of Japanese is largely identical to Korean, but apart from a few Chinese words the lexicon of the two languages have little in common.
This shows how difficult classifying Japanese is.
The one proven relation to Japanese is the Ryukyu group of languages spoken on the Ryukyu group of Islands.
However these languages are classified by many Linguists as merely Dialects of Japanese.
A particular characteristic of Japanese is that it is spoken almost exclusively by native speakers.
The development of the Japanese language can be divided into five stages:
The modern Japanese system of writing is one of the most complex in the world.
It consists firstly of the Kanji system of Ideograms which are derived from the Chinese script.
These ideograms are often used as the basis for many Japanese words.
The others are referred to as the Kana script and consist of the Hiragana and Katakana syllable scripts.
Hiragana is mainly used for grammar.
Katakana is mainly used for foreign language words.
The Roman alphabet, known in Japanese as Romaji, is only used for the transcription of the language.