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The Origins of the Japanese Language
|1.||THE ROLE OF A LANGUAGE||2|
|1.1.||The Birth of a Language||2|
|2.||THE BIRTH OF THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE||6|
|2.1.||Genetic Hypothesis of the Japonic Languages as a Part of Altaic Language Family||7|
|2.2.||Genetic Hypothesis of the Japonic Languages as a Part of Austronesian Language Family||8|
|List of References||10|
|Appendix 1 Chronology of Writing||12|
The following course report focuses on the analysis of the birth of the Japanese language. The study builds upon the classification of the role of a language introduced by Kalnbērziņa during the course The Role of Languages in Intercultural Communication for the second year Master students of English Phylology of the University of Latvia on September 27, 2010.
The origin of language is a phenomenon that has not yet been solved. There have been proposed various theories, for example, ‘the sing-song theory’ sugested by a Danish linguist Jesperson (George Boeree, 2003) or ‘the ta-ta theory’ proposed by Richard Paget (ibid.), but there is a lack of evidence in all cases. However, a certain language can be traced back to a certain protolanguage and attempts to classify it under a particular language family can be made, for example, the Estonian language is a part of Uralic language family (Angela Marcantonio, 2002).
The aim of the research is to describe the role of languages in general and, in particular, investigate the appearance of the Japanese language.
The research question of the study is the following: “How did the Japanese language appear?”…
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