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The Decrease of Restriction in Japanese Syllable Use

  • 日本硏究
  • 2012, (33), pp.41-57
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2012

Lee, Seong Kun 1

1수원대학교

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ABSTRACT

Compared to other languages, Japanese has a lot of homonyms due to the small number of syllables. As a result, linguistic efficiency is relatively low because of the lack of distinctive function. To solve this problem, Japanese has changed in relaxation of restriction in use of syllable conjunction. Also this phenomena became a norm in change of history in language. As examples of relaxation of restriction are collapse of using syllable conjucion rule in Zyoudai-kanazukai(上代仮名遣い), Daku-on(濁音) in the first of words, allowance of Ragyou-on(ラ行音), collapse of rule of Rendaku(連濁), Renzyou(連声), increasing of You-on(拗音) syllable, allowance of Pagyou-on(パ行音), allowance of Soku-on(促音) in front of consonants or Hagyou-on(ハ行音), organization of Kagyou-Nasals(ガ行鼻音). The relaxations of restriction in use are results of the acceptance of foreign syllables as well as changes of phonemes and lead linguistic efficiency to adjust the development of Japanse modern culture.

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