Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Charts

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Although I discussed various parts of this book or some ideas found in it with a number of colleagues, I am especially grateful to Stefan Georg. To him I owe my vast improvement in comparative linguistics methodology over the last eight years: if not for him, the very idea of writing this book never would have been conceived. ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 3-7

This book attempts to critically re-evaluate the relationship between Korean and Japonic.1 It is quite apparent that Korean and Japonic are very similar, often to the extent that a word-to-word translation is possible from one language to another. Such similarity is, however, purely typological and cannot be used as evidence for a common genetic origin. ...

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Chapter 1. Proto-Korean and Proto-Japonic Reconstructions and Their Role in the Comparison of the Two Languages

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pp. 11-44

Ramsey (1991, 1993) and Yi Kimun (1991: 18) have demonstrated that the Middle Korean aspirates ph, th, ch, and kh have a secondary origin resulting from clusters of HC or CH type, where H stands for velar [k] or pharyngeal [h]. Ramsey’s and Yi Kimun’s idea is based predominantly on the analysis of gaps in the internal structure of Korean: there ..

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Chapter 2. Morphological Comparisons

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pp. 45-91

It goes without saying that common paradigmatic morphology represents better proof of a genetic relationship than common basic lexicon, because (a) it is much more stable than vocabulary, and (b) paradigmatic morphology is never borrowed (except in the case of language mixing). ...

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Chapter 3 Lexical Comparisons

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pp. 92-240

The Koreo-Japonic comparison has always been conducted mostly in the area of vocabulary, with grammatical comparison playing only a secondary role. This can be demonstrated by the fact that two seminal works that attempted to prove the genetic relationship between these two languages, Martin (1966) and Whitman (1985), dealt predominantly with lexical comparisons. ...

References

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pp. 241-250

Index

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pp. 251-278

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About the Author, Back Cover

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Alexander Vovin has published some hundred articles on Japanese, Korean, Ainu, and Tungusic, as well as on other languages of East and Inner Asia. Among his major works are A Reconstruction of Proto-Ainu (1993); A Reference Grammar of Classical Japanese Prose (2003); ...