A grammar of the Votic language. by Paul Ariste

By Paul Ariste

First released in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Moreover, by collating words ' & ^ ^ ^ ^ Q 24 HISTORICAL JAPANESE GRAMMAR in the Manyoshu with the text of the Kojiki postulate without much doubt a large number of readings in the latter work. Following upon the Kojiki there came another class of literature in which early Japanese forms are preserved with considerable accuracy. These are the Shinto rituals or Norito which are recorded in the Engishiki, the Institutes of the Engi period, promulgated in 927. In these documents the Chinese characters are arranged in the order required by Japanese syntax, with very few exceptions, which can be accounted for on grounds of convenience and speed.

Chinese, however, goes much farther than these simple collocations, and though it is not necessary here to describe all the many varieties and uses of its compound words, it is as well to ^ just ' repugnant to the ear, if not difficult for the tongue, of a Japanese. Moreover, the Chinese learned by the Japanese was, like the French of Stratford-atte-Bowe, as a rule a home product, since few of them can have heard it from the lips of natives of China or even Korea. It was doubtless, for purposes of study, represented by Chinese characters used phonetically, and since each character represents a syllable every Chinese word written phonetically would appear to consist of one or more syllables, whereas in fact nearly all Chinese words are monosyllabic.

I select for convenience that part of the first volume of the work which describes how the god Izanagi and the goddess Izanami, the latter having given birth to several islands a progeny with which they were dissatisfied repaired to heaven and were informed that their offspring was not good, because, in the courtship which led to the procreation of these islands, 'the woman had spoken first '. The narrative goes on to tell that the god and goddess thereupon again descended from heaven and circled again a certain 'august heavenly pillar' which they had erected, Izanagi saying first, O what a fair and lovely maiden ', and Izanami then replying, O what a fair and lovely youth'.

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