Issues and Prospects

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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.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 294]  2008.  vii, 229 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Bjarke Frellesvig and John Whitman
Part I. Reconstructing the basic phoneme inventory
Evidence for seven vowels in proto-Japanese
Bjarke Frellesvig and John Whitman
Early Japanese lexical strata and the allophones of /g/
J. Marshall Unger
Part II. Use of dialects in reconstruction
Proto-Japanese and the distribution of dialects
Takuichiro Onishi
The uses of Ryukyuan in understanding Japanese language history
Leon A. Serafim
Part III. Reconstructing accent
On the reconstruction of the proto-accentual system of Japanese
Akiko Matsumori
A reconstruction of proto-Japanese accent for disyllabic nouns: Focusing on the problem of subclasses
Moriyo Shimabukuro
Proto-Japanese beyond the accent system
Alexander Vovin
Part IV. Reconstructing morphology and syntax
The source of the bigrade conjugation and stem shape in pre-Old Japanese
John Whitman
On reconstruction of proto-Japanese and pre-Old Japanese verb inflection
Bjarke Frellesvig
The Nominal and Adnominal forms in Old Japanese: Consequences for a reconstruction of pre-Old Japanese syntax
Janick Wrona
“An attractive volume on the reconstruction of the ancestor of Japanese and Ryukyuan: both a state of the art, and a collection of the most recent, cutting-edge work on phonology, morphosyntax, accentual systems and use of dialect evidence, by the most prominent specialists in the field.”
“It is [...] exciting to have a flood of new scholarship on the language history of Japanese [...]. The volume is a compilation of cutting-edge research by a variety of scholars who tackle numerous issues.”
“Frellesvig & Whitman have brought together a distinguished group of linguistic experts who explore some of the most important questions surrounding the reconstruction of proto-Japanese. In doing so, they have produced a collection of essays that reflect recent scholarly thinking. The incorporation of Ryukyuan evidence in the findings is a noteworthy feature of this volume; and the presentation of the latest hypotheses about the proto-Japanese vowel system is excellent.”
“This collection is a landmark in the study of proto-Japanese, comprising contributions from many of the current leaders in the field.”
“This book makes the first impact of the 21st century on historical linguistics in Japan. In order to enjoy growth and development in our field, we must engage in dialogue with the authors of these contributions.”
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