Friday, April 22, 2011

Whence the Japanese?

Jared Diamond tackles that question — "Koreans, Japanese Are Like Twin Brothers". Given that "the Japanese people are biologically undistinctive, being very similar in appearance and genes to other East Asians, especially to Koreans," he suggests that "you might expect the Japanese language to show close affinities to some mainland language, just as English is obviously closely related to other Germanic languages."

This, however, is not the case, and the author later notes that "the similarities between Japanese and Korean are confined to general grammatical features and about 15 percent of their basic vocabularies, rather than the detailed shared features of grammar and vocabulary that link, say, French to Spanish; they are more different from each other than Russian is from English."

Prof. Diamond thus asks, "How can we resolve this contradiction between Japan’s presumably ancient language and the evidence for recent origins?" His answer to that question:
    Modern Korean is derived from the language of the kingdom of Silla, the kingdom that emerged triumphant and unified Korea, but Silla was not the kingdom that had close contact with Japan in the preceding centuries. Early Korean chronicles tell us that the different kingdoms had different languages. While the languages of the kingdoms defeated by Silla are poorly known, the few preserved words of one of those kingdoms, Koguryo, are much more similar to the corresponding Old Japanese words than are the corresponding modern Korean words. Korean languages may have been even more diverse in 400 B.C., before political unification had reached the stage of three kingdoms. The Korean language that reached Japan in 400 B.C., and that evolved into modern Japanese, I suspect, was quite different from the Silla language that evolved into modern Korean. Hence we should not be surprised that modern Japanese and Korean people resemble each other far more in their appearance and genes than in their languages.

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Blogger hoihoi51 said...

there is no same sound and same meaning basic words between japan and korea
they learnt japanese word in annexruon era. and korean language sounds is still unknown ..
do you konow why okinawan language is simillar though Okinawa is further than South Korea

>The Korean language that reached Japan in 400 B.C

what was korean language?

40~50% of the Japanese has D2 Y chromosome that korean does not have at all.

10:31 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

According to Professor Diamond, the "Korean" language that reached Japan may have been that of Baekche, which, for all we know, may have been very distant from modern Korean.

Many of the Korean terms from Japanese are pronounced with Sino-Korean prounciation. Of course, between 50 and 70% of their vocabulary is Sino-Chinese.

11:26 AM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

I think you may noticed the Japanese Physical features from these discription below...
before meiji era, Japanese walking or runing were different because of Budo and kimono

it is called "nanba"

so japanese appearance was so different..

you maight notice another japanese appearance is jomon blood.

you can see many ppl who look like middle eastern ppl..
the Japanese are more hairy

2:28 PM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

as a funny note...

SUMO "Jacob vs God

and words..
as for ancient heblew and Japanese..
there are more than 500 same meaning and sounds words...

2:43 PM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

>>Many of the Korean terms from Japanese are pronounced with Sino-Korean prounciation. Of course, between 50 and 70% of their vocabulary is Sino-Chinese.

70% of todays chinese words is Japan made

even the country name of official china was Japan made

Kun reading ..

there is no common words in wago or Yamato kotoba

2:59 PM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

the end of Jomon, there were about80,000 ppls in ancient Japan. it is thinkable that many Jomon Plls had D2.
it is said many ppl from direction of chinese continental...
Just chexk out in case of south America
most men has white ppl's Y chromosome.
it means they raped and invaded..
to move the place was always invasion by mostly men..
Y chromosome is men's sucssesion.
if it is applied in Japan, D2 would already disappeared in Japan
if high ranked ppls were from china or korea and jomon ppls were slaves of them, it would not become such condition.
It will be able to be said that the Jomon people expels and enslaved them.

Gwanggaeto the Great

7:01 PM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

7:16 PM  

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