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Reconstruction Of Proto-Ryukyuan Accent

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This chapter gives accentual descriptions of the Ryukyuan dialects, and attempts to reconstruct Proto-Amami, Proto-Okinawa, Proto-Miyako, and Proto-Yaeyama accents. It treats Yonaguni dialect as one independent dialect group because of its peculiar characteristics. However, Proto-Yonaguni is not reconstructed because only Sonai data are available; no data on other Yonaguni dialects are available in the literature. Therefore, the section of Yonaguni Ryukyuan is structured differently. The chapter presents accentual correspondences for monosyllables, disyllables, and trisyllables among Proto-Amami, Proto-Okinawa, Proto-Miyako, Proto-Yaeyama, and Yonaguni. It reconstructs the Proto-Ryukyuan accent system on the basis of the correspondences. The chapter also reveals the individual Proto-Ryukyuan nouns belonging to each accent class. It directly compares the Sonai data with Proto-Okinawa, Proto-Amami, Proto-Miyako, and Proto-Yaeyama data in order to reconstruct Proto-Ryukyuan accent. It deals with the development of Proto-Amami accent in detail.

Keywords: Proto-Amami accent; Proto-Miyako accent; Proto-Okinawa accent; Proto-Ryukyuan accent; Proto-Yaeyama accent; Yonaguni dialect



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