Proto-Japanese: Issues and Prospects
Bjarke Frellesvig, John Whitman
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 229 pages
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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accent class 2.5 accent systems Adnominal form allophones Amami apophonic apophony attested bigrade verbs bimoraic boundary chapter class 1 nouns complement system consonant contraction corresponding to RM CVCV derived diachronic diphthongs distribution disyllabic nouns evidence EW pattern example final formation Hattori hypothesis Ibuki-jima initial Irrealis Japanese dialects Japanese language Kinai Kindaichi-goi Korean Kyoto Kyushu lenition lexical LH(L Linguistics lower bigrade mainland Japanese Matsumori merged merger mid vowels Miyake mora morpheme Nakijin nasal Nihon shoki Nominal complements nouns NSNT obstruents Okinawan ongana original phoneme phonological pJ vowels pre-OJ proposed proto-Japanese proto-system reconstruction of pJ reflect RM classes root Ryukyuan dialects Ryukyus Serafim shown Shuri stem subclasses suffix sugi syllable Tokyo tonal change tonal patterns Unger upper bigrade velar velar nasal voiced obstruents vowel length vowel raising words Yonaguni
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