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Re: Language naming terminology

From:David Crowell <dpctrdk@...>
Date:Friday, September 25, 1998, 0:59
Our word for [Japan] is from the Chinese pronunciation of the word:
[Jih-pen (Wade) / Ryhbeen (Gwoyeu) / Rben (Yale) ]:[spelling (which

Chuugoku and Kankoku are also from Chinese names for these countries.
[Jonggwo, Haan-gwo (Gwoyeu)
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Japan = Nihon or Nippon (written with kanji meaning "origin" and "sun") > China = Chuugoku (written with kanji meaning "middle" and "country") > Korea = Kankoku (written with a compound kanji, the second means > "country", I don't know what the first means)
[Eikoku] and [Beikoku] are from the Chinese [Inggwo, Miigwo (a varient of Meeigwo (Beautiful-country)] shorten versions of [Injyilih (in Japanese: Igiri(su)), Yahmeelihjia (Jap: Amerika) [Supein] is apparently from the English word for the country.
> England = Eikoku (literally "Proud" or "Brilliant" Country!) OR Igirisu > (I don't know why it's not *Ingirisu) > Spain = Supein (not *Esupanya) > America = Amerika or Beikoku (literally "Country of Rice"!) >
In Chinese to shorten long foreign words they sometimes take the first character from the longer version of the word and add another word that describes what they are talking about. And when the Japanese borrowed the words [Beikoku, Eikoku, Beikoku], this apparent was the then-current names of the countries.
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