Philological evidence for *e and *o in Pre-Old Japanese

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Abstract:

Many Japanese historical linguists reconstruct a four-vowel system without *e and *o for Proto-Japonic (PJ), the ancestor of the Japanese and Ryukyuan languages. However, a few (Unger 1993 [1977], Hattori 1978–79, Thorpe 1983, Serafim 1999a, 1999b) have reconstructed PJ *e and *o. Until now, arguments for PJ *e and *o have been based on (a) Japonic internal and comparative reconstructions and (b) Japonic languages attested from the eighth century onward. In this paper I test the PJ *e and *o hypothesis using two other types of evidence: pre-eighth century transcriptions and Sino-Japanese readings borrowed prior to the eighth century.

Keywords: Chinese; Japonic; Old Japanese; Ryukyuan; historical phonology; transcription; vowel raising; vowels

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/dia.20.1.06miy

Affiliations: Aiea, Hawaii

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • International Journal for Historical Linguistics
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