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Japanese phonemes (was Re: The Monovocalic PIE Myth (wasGermans have no /w/, ...))

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Saturday, June 12, 2004, 6:01
Roger Mills wrote:
> Eh?? Ryukyu islands; Ryoanji temple (with the famous sand garden); Roppongi > (sp.?) a district in Tokyo IIRC. Rashomon the film. Ran ('Chaos') another > film, Japanese take on King Lear. Not to mention everybody's favorite > _ramen_ ???
*Native* roots, I said. These examples all use Sino-Japanese roots. I first noticed this when I was looking for something in a Kanji dictionary, under the on/kun index, and noticed that all the r-row entries were in katakana (indicating Sino-Japanese as opposed to native). This was later confirmed in _Languages of Japan_. Incidentally, Korean has a similar restriction, except it extends to Sino-Japanese roots as well. There, underlying /r/ is realized word-initially as null before /i/ or /j/, and /n/ elsewhere (but reappears in compound words).