Nicholas Bodley wrote:
> 2003-01-23 18:08:32, "Peter T. Daniels"
> <grammatim@...> wrote:
> [...]
> >makes it very clear that katakana and hiragana had totally
> separate spheres of use from before the very beginning (that
> is, the two systems developed out of two completely different
> occasions for phoneticization).
> I have read that hiragana was used by women, and katakana by
> men (although I might mis-remember backwards).

That is indeed the stereotype, and Seeley explains that it is not
inaccurate, and provides the historical details (though not in detail --
he mostly refers to Japanese-language materials, unfortunately).
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...