Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 219–228 | Cite as

On one more source of Old Japanese i 2



The goal of this article is to provide further and systematic evidence for an idea suggested only in passing that the Old Japanese vowel i 2 derives diachronically not only from *əy and *uy, as traditionally believed, but also from *oy. This solution proves to be a key to solving some puzzles in the phonological history of a number of common Old Japanese words.


Western Old Japanese Eastern Old Japanese Ryukyuan Vocalism Monophthongization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of East Asian Languages and LiteratureUniversity of Hawai’i at MānoaHonoululuUSA

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