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Question about historical Japanese kana usage.

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Sunday, November 7, 2004, 18:31
In the process of learning the hira- and katakana, I
hit upon something that made me very curious indeed.
There were kana for the syllables 'we', 'wi' and 'wo'
(pronounced these days as 'o'; the other two have
simply been replaced by 'e' and 'i'), but there's no
kana for 'ye'. 'Ye' as a syllable existed in Japanese,
as in the obsolete names 'Yedo' (now 'Edo') and 'yen'
(now 'en').

How did the Japanese express the syllable 'ye'? Or did
they at all?


Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Phil <tengu@...>