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LINGUIST List 20.1780

Sat May 09 2009

Qs: Is 鱈 a kokuji?

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        1.    Richard Sproat, Is 鱈 a kokuji?

Message 1: Is 鱈 a kokuji?
Date: 08-May-2009
From: Richard Sproat <rwsxoba.com>
Subject: Is 鱈 a kokuji?
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Can anyone confirm that ? ''tara'' (codfish) is a kokuji? It is listed in
various sources as such, but it is also used in Chinese, where it has the
(Mandarin) pronunciation xue3 (interpreting the ''snow'' piece as a
phonetic), and apparently it also has a Sino-Japanese pronunciation of
''setsu'' (and a Sino-Korean pronunciation of ''sol''). So I assume if it
was invented in Japan to represent the native word ''tara'', the Chinese
pronunciation, and by extension the Sino-Japanese and Sino-Korean
pronunciations must have been later reconstructions.

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