Synchrony and Diachrony of Okinawan Kakari Musubi in Comparative Perspective with Premodern Japanese

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Rumiko Shinzato and Leon A. Serafim bring a new dimension to kakari musubi (a type of focus construction, henceforth KM) research, incorporating Japanese and Western linguistic theories, and synthesizing Okinawan and Japanese scholarship. Specifically, they analyze still-extant Okinawan KM in comparative perspective with its now extinct Japanese counterpart, while also offering reconstructed Proto-Japonic forms. Major hypotheses on the origins and demise of KM with insight from Okinawan are also evaluated. In addition, ...

Synchrony and Diachrony of Okinawan Kakari Musubi in Comparative Perspective with Premodern Japanese 2013, Brill, Leiden

ISBN-13: 9789004219021

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