"点字力"の可能性 : 多文化共生社会における点字の役割(<特集>日本社会の変容と言語問題)
Various Possibilities of "Braille Power" : In Search of the Roles of Braille in the Multicultural Society(Changing Japanese Society and Language Issues)

Kojiro HIROSE
2010 The Japanese Journal of Language in Society  
The purpose of this paper is to propose that Braille is not a writing system only for the visually impaired . We can point out two special qualities of Braille as follows : ( 1 ) outstanding creativity that allows many things to be expressed by very few elements − Braille uses different combinations of merely six dot positions to express Japanese kana ( the phonetic alphabet of Japanese ) , numerals , the Roman alphabet and even musical notes ;( 2 ) flexible , unconventional inventiveness −
more » ... inventiveness − Braille is not bound by the linear writing style that is logical for people with sight , and it provides symbols for reading and writing through the sense of touch . What I ca ! l ' Braille power ' is the integration of the creativity and inventiveness we find in Braille , and the energy to send it out into society . ln this paper , I will theorize Braille power ' as a culture of the visuaUy impaired . In this paper, first I trace the history and role of Braille as letters for the visually impaired so that I can make a clear analysis of ' Braille power ' . Second , I reevaluate Braille as a system of tactile symbols for all people , Throughout the paper, I investigate new possibilities of BraMe . In conclusion , I discuss the significance of ' Braille power ' for Japanese multicultural society in the 21st century . Key words ; Braille power, Louis Braille , the sense of toし1ch , multiculturalism , culture of the visually impaired 一 70 一 N 工 工 一 Eleotronio Library
doi:10.19024/jajls.13.1_70 fatcat:6kkxgc23nrhwpdobpagr32hid4