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Japanese relatives (was Re: Multiple decent languages (was Yay!!!! I have)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, November 12, 1998, 22:30
Mathias M. Lassailly wrote:
> Back to Japanese and Indonesian I've run into many apparented words > like haru - perut, te - tangan, me/manako (= me no ko) - mata, > suki - suka, etc. I don't speak Korean, but I've got Korean friends > in Japan who convincingly explain me that their grammar - not > vocabulary, ok - is just as similar to Japanese as French is to > Spanish as some non-sino vocabulary is too like the famous ie-yip > example : > J : yipe > ipe > ihe > iwe > ie > K : yipe > yip
The Japanese-Korean connection is fairly well-accepted, but the Indonesian-Japanese connection is, AFAIK, not very well-accepted. To be accepted, you need to show regular correspondances. For example, does Japanese /h/ regularly correspond to Indonesian /p/? It's also important to look at gramatical forms (which is why it's so hard to compare isolating languages), since borrowed vocabulary can mess with your data, especially if borrowed long ago (so that they have had time to evolve in both languages, creating correspondances). -- "It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II" (Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert) ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor