Koguryo, the Language of Japan's Continental Relatives: An Introduction to the Historical-Comparative Study of the Japanese Koguryoic Languages with a Preliminary Description of Archaic Northeastern Middle Chinese

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 274 pages
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This is the first in-depth study of the extinct Koguryo language, which was once spoken in Manchuria and northern Korea. It covers the ethnolinguistic history of the Koguryo nation, philological treatment of the sources for the language, Koguryo phonology, and a complete glossary of all Archaic Koguryo and Old Koguryo words. Special attention has been given to the theory and practice of lexically-based historical-comparative linguistics. The genetic relationship of Koguryo to Japanese is shown to be secure, unlike the non-relationship of either language to Korean or 'Altaic', and much light is shed on the ethnolinguistic origins of Japanese. The special phonological features of the underlying transcriptional language, the archaic northeastern Middle Chinese dialect once spoken in Korea, are also analyzed.
 

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Contents

The Ethnolinguistic History of Koguryo
29
The Old Koguryo Toponyms
50
Archaic Northeastern Middle Chinese
93
Old Koguryo Phonology
106
The ProtoJapaneseKoguryoic Homeland
144
Koguryo and the Altaic Divergence Theories
164
The Altaic Convergence Theory
184
Linguistic Theory and JapaneseKoguryoic
214
The JapaneseKoguryoic Family of Languages
236
Koguryo Lexicon
250
Index
267
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Christopher I. Beckwith is professor of Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include "Warriors of the Cloisters", "Empires of the Silk Road", and "The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia" (all Princeton). He is the recipient of a MacArthur Award.

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