Departmental Bulletin Paper 複合語アクセントが日本語史研究に提起するもの
What Does Compound Accentuation Tell Us about the History of Japanese?

松森, 晶子  ,  Akiko, MATSUMORI

(10)  , pp.135 - 158 , 2016-01 , 国立国語研究所
ISSN:2186-134x print2186-1358 online
This paper argues that the compound accentuation rule in which the accent of the "first" member of compounds is preserved is the most archaic type in the Japanese and Ryukyuan dialects. By contrast, other types, such as the one in which the accent of the "second" members are preserved, or the one by which the default accent is placed around the boundaries of the two members, are newly developed compound accentuation rules. The paper then argues that even in Tokyo Japanese, in which productive compound accentuation is decided exclusively by the "second" members, we find some vestiges of the older compound accentuation rule in which the "first" member of the compounds is still relevant.

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