Studies in Japanese and Korean Historical and Theoretical Linguistics and Beyond

Festschrift presented to John B. Whitman


The Studies in Japanese and Korean Historical and Theoretical Linguistics and Beyond presented in honour of Prof. John B. Whitman includes contributions by a range of mid-generation to senior scholars among his closest colleagues and collaborators representing the front line of contemporary research in the areas of historical and theoretical linguistics of Japanese and Korean as well of Chinese, Turkish, and Russian. Particularly, in all these areas it deals with still ongoing debates about the important issues in historical and theoretical linguistics concerning these languages that are reflected in articles often representing opposing points of view. This book can serve as a good introduction to the current state-of-art and the most essential problems in the fields it covers.
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Biographical Note

William McClure (1962) is Associate Professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author or editor of four books on Japanese language and linguistics. Currently, he is serving as the Dean of Arts and Humanities at Queens College. Alexander Vovin (1961), Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, is a Directeur d’études of Japanese and North-East Asian historical linguistics in this graduate university. He has published many monographs and articles on Japanese, Korean, Ainu, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic, including his multivolume edition and translation of the Man’yōshū (2009-) and A Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of Western Old Japanese (GO/Brill, 2005-2009).

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments List of Tables List of Contributors John B. Whitman Bibliography Tabula Gratulatoria


1 The Digital Museum Project for the Documentation of Endangered Languages: The Case of Ikema RyukyuanYukinori Takubo

Historical Linguistics

2 Disentangling Japonic seaweed from Koreo-Japonic waterAnton Antonov 3 On Feature Ranking in Japanese Onset ObstruentsBjarke Frellesvig 4 Fishy Rhymes: Sino-Korean Evidence for Earlier Korean *eMarc H. Miyake 5 A mokkan Perspective on Some Issues in Japanese Historical PhonologySven Osterkamp 6 A (More) Comparative Approach to Some Japanese EtymologiesThomas Pellard 7 The Role of Internal Reconstruction in Comparing the Accent Systems of Korean DialectsS. Robert Ramsey 8 How Many OJ Syllables are Reflected in EMJ yo?J. Marshall Unger 9 On the Etymology of the Name of Mt. FujiAlexander Vovin

Theoretical Linguistics

10 Against a VP Ellipsis Account of Russian Verb-Stranding ConstructionsJohn Frederick Bailyn 11 A New Approach to -zhe in Mandarin ChineseRedouane Djamouri and Waltraud Paul 12 Japanese Experiential -te iruMamori Sugita Hughes and William McClure 13 DP versus NP: A Cross-Linguistic Typology?Jaklin Kornfilt 14 The Old Japanese Accusative Revisited: Realizing All the Universal OptionsShigeru Miyagawa 15 Japanese Wh-Phrases as Unvalued OperatorsMamoru Saito Index


All interested in Japanese and Korean historical linguistics, as well in theoretical issues in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and Russian.