The Sinification of Japanese: Non-linear increase in the usage of Sino-Japanese loanwords
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Libraries
Citation:Huang, Evelyn. "The Sinification of Japanese: Non-linear increase in the usage of Sino-Japanese loanwords." Buckeye East Asian Linguistics, vol. 2 (July 2016), p. 36-49.
This paper examines the Sino-Japanese (SJ) loanwords frequencies in literary works from Early Middle Japanese, in response to data cited in Frellesvig (2010). Frellesvig claims that lexical frequency of SJ loanwords increases over time as SJ loanwords become established in use. By surveying additional literary works of different genre, topic, and writing style, it's shown that these factors also influence the loanword frequency. By examining data given in previous studies, discrepancies found in Frellesvig are also corrected and more evidence for the fluctuation in the SJ loanword frequency is also provided based on genre, topic, and writing style.