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Query Subject:   Treatments and Origins of Shii/Rashii
Author:   Benjamin Barrett
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  Japanese

Query:   I am unable to locate any materials giving the origins of the Japanese suffixes shii/rashii, other than the classical shii
Although I have found some grammatical treatments of rashii, other than a quick mention in a text (without reference or explanation) that -shii adjectives have an emotive content, I have been unable to find any treatment of shii.

Does anyone on this list know of any work showing the origins of shii/rashii or an explanation of -shii adjectives?

I will follow-up with a summary of all posts received.

Benjamin Barrett
Graduate Student, Department of Linguistics
University of Washington
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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