Thomas PELLARD and Thomas PELLARD

In this article I examine the correspondences found between Western Old Japanese high vowels and Eastern Old Japanese midvowels in light of the recent hypotheses concerning the Proto-Japonic vowel system. Correspondences in both the morphology and the lexicon are established and then comparative evidence from several modem Japanese and Ryukyuan dialects is adduced to show that these are instances of retention of Proto-Japonic *e and *o.

Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale

East Asian Languages and Linguistics

Editor-in-Chief Guillaume Jacques and Thomas Pellard

Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale (CLAO) is an established peer-reviewed international journal whose mission is to publish new and original research on the analysis of languages of the East and Southeast Asian region, be they descriptive or theoretical. The journal seeks top-level contributions in any linguistic subdomain and in any theoretical framework with reference to a language or languages from the East and Southeast Asian region. Focusing at the same time on well-studied Asian languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and on those that are still partially or entirely undocumented, CLAO brings languages of the East and Southeast Asian region into a key position in current debate within linguistics and related fields.

CLAO is published in collaboration with the Centre for Linguistic Research on East Asian Languages (Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur L´Asie Orientale – CRLAO).

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