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Q About The Language(Not scripts)

Postby Hai-San » Fri 09.17.2010 6:56 pm

So,first off I'm no pro at Japanese history! I just started studying Japanese one week ago, and iam done with Hiragana both writing and pronunciating. :D

However I recently read in wikipedia that Japanese(before the scripts) language was from the Altaic language family.(Maybe not 100% pure altaic but yeah you get it)
(Myself i can a turkic language, and i've seen some gramatical and pronunciation similarities)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages

The similarities iam experiencing, is it really because they both have an Alatic origin?
Or it just me :sweatdrop: ?

Can someone tell me more about where japanese came from?
Before they even had a script! 8)

This maybe a stupid question, but I wanted to use the forum and get answers from experienced people(Yes from you!) :blush:

Well thanks in advance or どうぞ・よろしく!
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Re: Q About The Language(Not scripts)

Postby Hai-San » Sun 09.19.2010 3:22 pm

wow 50+ views and no one knows about it :roll:
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Re: Q About The Language(Not scripts)

Postby chikara » Sun 09.19.2010 10:49 pm

Hai-San wrote:.... Can someone tell me more about where japanese came from?
Before they even had a script! .......

My understanding is that little is known of the origins of Japanese prior to when "they had a script" (writing) which may be why no one has responded to your question yet. :)

Interestingly the Wikipedia article you linked to describes Altaic as a disputed language family;

Altaic is a disputed language family that is generally held by its proponents to include the Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, and Japonic language families and the Korean language isolate ....
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Re: Q About The Language(Not scripts)

Postby micahcowan » Mon 09.20.2010 11:30 pm

I was one of the ones viewing but not commenting, because I hoped someone could go to more detail about it.

From the little I remember reading (almost certainly from Wikipedia), Japanese is considered (by some) to be an Altaic language, not because something is known about a common history between it and languages like Turkish, but because the languages are similar enough in some points to suggest that they may have a common history.
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