Proto-Japanese: Issues and Prospects

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Bjarke Frellesvig, John Whitman
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 229 pages
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Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based on the state of the field, especially as represented in Samuel E. Martin's seminal work The Japanese Language Through Time (1987), this volume singles out key areas in the reconstruction of proto-Japanese where salient progress has been or promises to be made since Martin. Contributions were invited from scholars working on the following areas: segmental phonology, use of dialect evidence, accent, morphology, and syntax. While the book first of all presents new research which advances our understanding of proto-Japanese, it also gives an overview over the state of the art in the field and its main issues.
 

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Contents

Reconstructing morphology and syntax
8
Abbreviations
10
Early Japanese lexical strata and the allophones of g
43
ProtoJapanese and the distribution of dialects
57
The uses of Ryukyuan in understanding Japanese language history
79
On the reconstruction of the protoaccentual system of Japanese
103
focusing
125
ProtoJapanese beyond the accent system
141
The source of the bigrade conjugation and stem shape in preOld
159
On reconstruction of protoJapanese and preOld Japanese verb inflection
175
consequences for a
193
Master list of references
217
Index
227
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