Studies in Asian Historical Linguistics, Philology and Beyond

Professor Alexander V. Vovin’s fruitful research has brought incomparable results to the fields of Asian linguistics and philology throughout the past four decades. In this volume, presented in honour of Professor Vovin’s 60th birthday, twenty-two authors present new research regarding Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Khitan, Yakut, Mongolian, Chinese, Hachijō, Ikema Miyakoan, Ainu, Okinawan, Nivkh, Eskimo-Aleut and other languages. The chapters are both a tribute to his research and a summary of the latest developments in the field.

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John Kupchik, Ph.D. (2011), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is a Research Fellow in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland. He has published research on Eastern Old Japanese, Hachijō, historical linguistics, etymology and phonology.

José Andrés Alonso de la Fuente, Ph.D. (2012), University of the Basque Country. He has published monographs, translations and many articles on the historical and comparative linguistics of various language families from Northeast Asia, including Tense, Voice and Aktionsart in Tungusic: Another Case of »Analysis to Synthesis«? (Harrassowitz, 2011).

Marc Hideo Miyake, Ph.D. (1999), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is an independent scholar specializing in deciphering extinct languages. He has published Old Japanese: A Phonetic Reconstruction (Routledge, 2003), and articles on Pyu, Tangut, Jurchen, Khitan, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
Biography of Alexander Vovin
John Kupchik

List of Publications by Alexander Vovin
Tabula Gratulatoria
Acknowledgements

Introduction
John Kupchik

Part 1: East and Southeast Asia


1 The Last Days of Old Japanese
 Early Heian Gloss Texts and the Periodization of Japanese Language History  Sven Osterkamp

2 Evidence of the Authorship of Nihon shoki
John Bentley

3 On otsu-rui Ci₂ and Ce₂ and Root-Final Consonants in Pre-Old Japanese
Bjarke Frellesvig

4 A Brief History of Linguistics in Japan
 With Special Reference to Studies on the Origin of the Japanese Language
Toshiki Osada

5 Morphophonemics of Ikema Miyakoan
Yukinori Takubo

6 The Etymology of maabu in Ryukyuan
Moriyo Shimabukuro

7 Ainu Loanwords in Hachijō
John Kupchik

8 Gaps in Transcriptions
 Chinese and Japanese Mid Front Vowels Transcribed in Korean Hangul
Chihkai Lin

9 Retroflexion or Disyllabism? A Kra Puzzle
Marc Miyake

Part 2: Central and Western Asia


10 A Geographic and Lexical Puzzle: Colors in Names of Seas
Irène Tamba

11 Hmong-Mien and Rgyalrongic
Guillaume Jacques

12 Two Notes on the ‛Phags-pa Script
Dieter Maue

13 Preliminary Report on Louis Ligeti’s Khitan Wordlist: The Numerals
Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky

14 Khitan ‘Coffin’
András Róna-Tas

15 Chinese Loanwords in Chapter 10 of the Old Uyghur Xuanzang Biography
Mehmet Ölmez

16 Karachay-Balkar andız
 The Case of a Phytonym in Turkic and Beyond
Uwe Bläsing

17 On a Turkic Loanword in the Secret History of the Mongols
 Middle Mongol aram ‘(Cattle) Pen’
Pavel Rykin

18 Issues of Comparative Uralic and Altaic Studies (5)
 The Status of Glides in Mongolic
Juha Janhunen

Part 3: Northern Asia and Across the Bering Strait


19 The Common Features of Buryat and Khamnigan Mongol: The Fate of the Mongolic *s
Bayarma Khabtagaeva

20 Consonant Assimilations, Sibilants and Alveolars in Yakut
Marek Stachowski

21 In Search of Evidentiality in Nivkh
Ekaterina Gruzdeva

22 From Macroetymology to Microetymology
 Some Thoughts on Wanderwörter and Diachronic Dialectology
José Andrés Alonso de la Fuente

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All interested in historical linguistics, language contact, philology and Central and East Asian linguistics.
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