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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject: Evidence of Japanese Language Arriving with Yayoi Reply with quote
Study of Japanese Dialects Show Japanese Language Is Descended from That of the Rice Growing Farmers Who Came from the Korean Penninsula.

Nothing too earth-shattering for my worldview, but I thought it might be of interest. I'd like to see more of the actual study done, and I'm still interested in seeing more evidence about the details. I also need to think more about the process used as I don't have a clear opinion on it--a part of it feels like guesswork, and I wouldn't mind understanding the underlying methodology a bit more.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Evidence of Japanese Language Arriving with Yayoi Reply with quote
JLBadgley wrote:
Nothing too earth-shattering for my worldview, but I thought it might be of interest.


Interesting indeed. thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I believe this graph is associated with the most recent study published in the New York Times:

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2011/05/04/rspb.2011.0518/F2.large.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The graph looks neat - but I don't understand it. What do the branching lines indicate? That "Tokyo" Japanese is closer to "Old Japanese" than "Yamagata" Japanese? And what do the colors indicate?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Here are two more supplementary PDFs:
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/suppl/2011/05/04/rspb.2011.0518.DC1/rspb20110518supp2.pdf

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/suppl/2011/05/04/rspb.2011.0518.DC1/rspb20110518supp1.pdf

The second one will answer many of your questions, Kitsuno.

The colors are language subgroups. For example,

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Subgroups are coded with colour circles
(Hirayama, 1992) : yellow, Eastern Japanese; orange, Western Japanese; red,
Hachijyo; blue, Kyushu; purple, Northern Ryukyuan; pink, Southern Ryukyuan


The tree tracks the proposed divergences within the Japanese language (i.e., the appearance of new dialects), leading back to the "root" of the Japonic language.

Out the door now, though!
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