ERIC Number: ED069186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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Reconstruction of Japanese Vowels.
Papers in Japanese Linguistics, v1 n1 p1-10 Jun 1972
This paper discusses the relationship between linguistic reconstructions and their historical validity using the case of Old Japanese (8th century A.D.) vowels as an example. Reconstructions throughout the paper include only those cases in which the modern reflexes and phonological correspondences between two or more genetically related languages and dialects are used as the only source of information. The discussion here reviews a comparative method approach and shows how the reconstruction approach used by the author goes beyond the comparative method. Examples are drawn from several Japanese dialects. (Author/VM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Japanese Linguistics Workshop.