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Title: A Reconstruction of Proto-Ainu
Written By: A.V. Vovin
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=10&pid=2593
Series Title: Brill's Japanese Studies Library
Description:

This volume offers a reconstruction of the Proto-Ainu language based on the
comparative method and internal reconstruction. The book is divided into
three parts, the first is dedicated to the reconstruction of Proto-Ainu
phonology (vocalism, consonantism, and prosody), the second represents a
vocabulary of reconstructed Proto-Ainu lexical items, and the third deals
with the problem of the genetic affiliation of the Ainu language. This
problem has been approached in the present study from the point of view of
the systematic comparisons of reconstructions, not the straight comparisons
of the forms attested exclusively in modern languages, which was the major
set-back of the previous scholarship on the genetic affiliation of the Ainu
language. This volume also includes the nineteenth-century vocabulary of
the Kuril Ainu by I. Voznesenskii, previously unknown to the scholars.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Phonology
Genetic Classification
Subject Language(s): Ainu

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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004099050
ISBN-13: 9789004099050
Pages: xiii
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