J. Marshall Unger

List of John Benjamins publications for which J. Marshall Unger plays a role.


Unger, J. Marshall 2014 Chapter 8. Old Japanese bigrade paradigms and Korean passives and causativesParadigm Change: In the Transeurasian languages and beyond, Robbeets, Martine and Walter Bisang (eds.), pp. 177–196
There is a consensus that two Old Japanese (OJ, 8th c. ce) verb paradigms, called bigrade, were not present in proto-Japanese (pJ, 1st millennium BCE). There is less agreement on how the bigrades originated and how many unitary pJ vowels their reconstruction requires. I argue here that bigrade… read more | Chapter
Unger, J. Marshall 2013 Zipf and morphemes: A reply to SproatWritten Language & Literacy 16:1, pp. 112–114
Double-negative periphrastic litotes have been for nearly three centuries the usual way to express necessitive predicates in Japanese and Korean. These constructions do not, however, go back to the earliest stages of these languages and should not be invoked as evidence of a possible common origin.… read more | Chapter
Using the Internet and spreadsheet software, it is now easy to compare word and character counts for modern and literary Chinese based on very large corpora. It turns out that word counts comply with Zipf’s Law whereas character counts do not. This constitutes novel statistical evidence against the… read more | Article
Abstract. Neither J suzuna 'turnip' nor suzusiro 'radish' has a good J-internal etymology. But suzuna is similar in form to OK *swuy 'turnip' + *s + *no 'greens'. Likewise, suzusiro resembles OK *swuy + *s + *silay 'radish' (cf. silayki 'dried radish leaves'). Since turnips and radishes in China… read more | Article
Unger, J. Marshall 2008 Early Japanese lexical strata and the allophones of /g/Proto-Japanese: Issues and Prospects, Frellesvig, Bjarke and John Whitman (eds.), pp. 43–53
Unger, J. Marshall 2005 Internal reconstruction in HungarianDiachronica 22:1, pp. 109–154
An internal reconstruction of Hungarian based mostly on the morphophonemic alternations of the modern language yields dramatically different results from those obtained from a purely synchronic approach to the same data. This article presents such a reconstruction and argues that the striking… read more | Article
Unger, J. Marshall 2003 Substratum and adstratum in prehistoric JapaneseLanguage Contacts in Prehistory: Studies in Stratigraphy, Andersen, Henning (ed.), pp. 241–258
Unger, J. Marshall 1980 Revision of proto-Korean-Japanese *sKorean Linguistics 2, pp. 91–96