The origin of the Japanese and Korean accent systems

  • S.R. Ramsey writes (1979: 162): "The patterning of tone marks in Old Kyoto texts divides the vocabulary into virtually the same classes as those arrived at by comparing the accent distinctions found in the modern dialects. This means that the Old Kyoto dialect had a pitch system similar to that of proto-Japanese. The standard language of the Heian period may not actually be the ancestor of all the dialects of Japan, but at least as far as the accent system is concerned, it is close enough to the proto system to be used as a working model. The significance of this fact is important: It means that each of the dialects included in the comparison has as much to tell, at least potentially, as any other dialect about Old Kyoto accent."

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Author:Frederik H. H. KortlandtGND
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/07
Year of first Publication:2003
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/07
GND Keyword:Japanisch; Koreanisch
Page Number:8
First Page:57
Last Page:65
Korrigierte Version, Urspr├╝nglich in: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 26.1993, S. 57-65
Source: ; (in:) Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 26, 1993, S. 57-65
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Phonetik/Phonologie / Phonetics/Phonology
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht