The Eastern Old Japanese Corpus and Dictionary


This book presents for the first time all texts constituting the Eastern Old Japanese corpus as well as the dictionary including all lexical items found. Unlike its relative Western Old Japanese, Eastern Old Japanese is not based on the language of just two geographic localities, but is stretched along several provinces of Ancient Japan along the Pacific Seaboard (modern Aichi to Ibaraki) and across the island of Honshū from Etchū (Modern Toyama and parts of Ishikawa) province to Shinano and Kai provinces (modern Nagano and Yamanashi). Therefore, references to places of attestation are included into our dictionary, too.

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Alexander Vovin, Ph.D. (1987), St. Petersburg State University, is Directeur d’études in Japanese, Korean, and Central Asian historical linguistics at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). He has published twenty books and many articles on Japanese, Ainu, Korean, Mongolian, and other languages.
Sambi Ishisaki-Vovin, M.A. (2001), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, is a Research Assistant at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris). She is actively engaged in the fieldwork of several Japonic varieties, including her native Toyama dialect.
"It is very likely that Eastern Old Japanese Corpus and Dictionary will become the conditio sine qua non for every scholar interested in the diachronic and lexical aspects of the Japanese language in general and of Eastern Old Japanese in particular." - Georg Orlandi, Silva Iaponicarum LXVII (2022)
List of Charts

 1 Hitachi Fudoki
 2 Man’yōshū Book Fourteen
 3 Structure of Book Fourteen
 4 Poems in Eastern Old Japanese and in Western Old Japanese
 5 Can the Poems with an Unidentified Geographical Location Be Identified?
 6 Determining the Geographical Locations of Unidentified Poems on the Basis of Their Linguistic Features
 7 Man’yōshū Book Sixteen
 8 Man’yōshū Book Twenty
 9 Poems in Eastern Old Japanese and in Western Old Japanese
 10 Azuma asobi uta
 11 Kokin wakashū
 12 Man’yōgana Script
 13 A Brief Sketch of EOJ Phonology and Morphology
 14 EOJ Specific Vocabulary
 15 Ainu Loans in EOJ of Book Fourteen and Twenty
 16 Opotǝmǝ-nǝ Yakamǝti Criteria for Not Including Certain sakimori Poems

part 1: Eastern Old Japanese Corpus

1 常陸風土記歌謡・Hitachi Fudoki Poems

2 萬葉集巻第十四・Man’yōshū Book Fourteen
 1 東謌 ・ Eastern Poems
 2 相聞 ・ Relationship Poems
 3 譬喩歌 ・ Allegorical Poems
 4 雜歌 ・ Miscellaneous Poems
 5 相聞 ・ Relationship Poems

3 萬葉集巻第十六・Man’yōshū Book Sixteen

4 萬葉集巻第二十・Man’yōshū Book Twenty

5 東遊び歌・Azuma asobi uta

6 古今和歌集・Kokin wakashū

part 2: Dictionary of Eastern Old Japanese

Dictionary of Eastern Old Japanese
 Some Preliminary Notes
Specialists and post-graduate students in the Japanese historical linguistics, philology, literature, history, and other related disciplines.
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