By John R. Bentley

ISBN-10: 9004123083

ISBN-13: 9789004123083

The oldest written level of the japanese language varieties the topic of John Bentley's vital quantity. The underlying texts (also provided right here) are these of the spiritual liturgies (norito) and imperial edicts (A.D. 685). half one bargains with the liturgies, the writing method, texts, and phonology and the relationship challenge. the most chapters of the e-book are an outline of nominals, verbs, verbal suffixes, auxiliary verbs, debris, and conjunctions. A bankruptcy at the lexicon, detailing many hapax legomena and engaging phrases, makes this right into a significant reference paintings on early eastern.

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Miller 1971:50; Ono et al. 1994:9): a i i u e e o 6. This notation has functioned more as a transcription of Old Japanese than as an actual phonetic representation of the individual vocalic values. With the work of Lange (1973), Whitman (1985), Martin (1987), Unger (1993) and others, the following notation (now commonly called Yale romanization2) has gained wider usage: a yi iy u ye ey wo o. This refined notation is intended to show that the type A front vowels were palatal, and type B non-back were non-palatal.

Sheer numbers favor , but S is the etymological spelling and should be restored to the critical text, especially since it can be reconstructed from other manuscripts. Aoki opts for the democratic method, and views as the majority winner. Regarding a strict adherence to textual rules, the Kokushi taikei text is more faithful than Aoki's. Kokushi taikei has in the second group. Torao's research follows Kokushi taikei (1991:252). Therefore, I have used both Kokushi taikei and Torao's text, and have created my own critical text (found in appendix one).

When there have been errors, I have corrected the text myself according to the various texts. As a good example, for OJ pey Torao consistently has but looking at the various data, it seems clear to me that the archetype actually spelled this syllable with the variant graph . " When other information is available, it should be put to good use in textual editing. Concerning the problem noted above regarding spelling and our imaginary text, all but one manuscript had the spelling with s, the odd-man-out manuscript having c.

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