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What's in a Word

In 1997-98, I wrote a monthly column for Japan Currents magazine, with a Japanese and English-speaking readership - "What's in a Word" - with some light linguistic musings on both English and Japanese topics, many of which I've posted here. They were published with Japanese translations, which may appear here someday, as well:

My (Japanese-related) "What's in a Word" columns in Japan Currents:

Numbers and Classifiers
Here's a chart I made which compares American and Japanese higher numbers. [Japanese character are in Unicode (utf-8), so they should appear correctly on most post-2000 browsers.]

It seems like every Japanese dictionary and encyclopedia has collected a different set of the Japanese "numeral classifiers." The definition is fairly broad, ranging to almost "any word which can directly follow a number." Here's a list of some 500, casting a very fine net, including measurements and currencies which should probably be regarded separately. Many are, certainly, archaic. (The Japanese characters are in Unicode, so the list should be readable with any browser. [Mac requires OSX]) It's probably the largest such list to be found anywhere.

Japanese Language Books
An illustrated list of various Japanese Language books... for study, reference, amusement... large cover scans, sample pages, introductory sections... indexed by title, author, publisher, type...

252 Japanese Language Books

 
An index to all the Japanese words and phrases discussed in the Mizutanis' Nihongo Notes series, Affective Expressions in Japanese, and Japanese Words and their Uses.

Nihongo Notes Index

 
A linguistic dissertation by R. Edward Smith, U.H. 1980

Natural Phonology of Japanese

 
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PREHISTORIC JAPANESE NEWS
from The Japan Times 1997-2002

-Jomon-period lacquer items destroyed in Hokkaido fire12/30/02
-Site of faked finds may be cut from historic list5/28/02
-Archaeological probe dismisses 'findings' of disgraced Fujimura5/27/02
-1,900Ruins of structures shed new light on second-century culture12/8/01
-1,100Filming reveals gold leaf use at Kitora tomb12/8/01
-6,400Joint research team finds world's oldest bricks11/3/01
-Family sues magazine over suicide11/2/01
-Archaeoloical 'finds' proved bogus10/12/01
-2,100Tawayama find hints kanji introduced in Yayoi Period10/5/01
-Bogus archaeologist exposed again10/5/01
-Archaeologist admits faking another 'find'10/1/01
-15,000First Americans linked to Jomon8/1/01
-Archaeology experts believe Obanazawa dig questionable7/25/01
-Scholars devise method to gauge stone tools' age6/6/01
-1,800Nara mound is confirmed as the oldest of its kind5/31/01
-5,000Timber find may be oldest yet5/14/01
-More dirt unearthed in Adachi5/8/01
-2,100Burial mound discovered in Kyoto thought to date back to Yayoi Period5/25/01
-1,900Yayoi brain tissue preserved in ruins4/17/01
-Allegations of faked findings spur archaeologist's suicide3/11/01
-Faked digs put archaeologists on defensive1/28/01
-Disgraced archaeologist denies other findings were also faked12/21/00
-More doubts over archaeologist's 'finds'11/19/00
-Archaeology institute sorry for researcher's faked finds11/7/00
-Fraudulent archaeology (editorial) (Mainichi Shimbun)11/7/00
-Fake discoveries shock archaeologists (Mainichi Shimbun)11/7/00
-Dirty digger unearthed (Mainichi Shimbun)11/6/00
-Renowned archaeologist admits to planting finds11/6/00
-1,700Archaeologists unearth settlement mentioned in Wei Chronicle11/4/00
-1,500Spread-winged bird dug up at Shijo Ruinss11/2/00
-600,000Ancient dwellings found in Miyagi (Mainichi Shimbun))10/24/00
-600,000Archaeologists find 'oldest' habitation10/24/00
-1,700Yayoi beads, accessories discovered in Kyoto tomb10/14/00
-2,100Urn reveals oldest image of whaling6/1/00
-1,400Asuka sluice find backs H20 theories5/25/00
-1,000Unearthed pillar suggests 48-meter shrine4/29/00
-24,000Relic believed to represent female form4/26/00
-1,500Pristine clay carving hints at ancient funerary rites4/11/00
-1,800Nara tomb discovery may stir debate over site of Queen Himiko's realm3/29/00
-1,800Ancient burial chamber may be oldest in Japan3/28/00
-1,400Saimei-era plaza found in Nara2/24/00
-500,000Dig yields trace of 500,000-year-old house2/22/00
-1,700,000Wolf fossil find dated to 1.7 million years1/19/00
-5,000Remains of Jomon era village found11/12/99
-1,800Archaeologists say mound may hold third century king9/16/99
-2,400Japanese roots surprisingly shallow8/31/99
-1,2008th century enjoyed 15 rice strains7/27/99
-350,000Discovery of tools puts primitive man in Saitama6/17/99
-2,200Mold for bronze tools thought to be oldest found5/11/99
-2,500Jomon smile at Tosa dig3/27/99
-1,300Coin found in Nagano confirmed as Fuhonsen3/24/99
-2,000Yayoi linked to Yangtze area3/19/99
-6,000Oldest oar unearthed from Ishikawa ruins2/10/99
-3,000Dogs suspected as Jomon-era pets2/10/99
-2,500Wooden hoes may be nation's oldest1/21/99
-1,300Old currency prompted by Tang threat1/21/99
-1,300Ancient coins alter Japan's cash history1/20/99
-2,000Yayoi remains found in Tohoku1/20/99
-20,000Fossilized tusk unearthed in Shiga11/25/98
-1,800Ancient bell found in Kyushu11/20/98
-600,000Tools may be oldest in Japan11/4/98
-11,000Oya skeleton may be Jomon Period's oldest7/7/98
-2,000Yayoi stone heaps found in Kagawa4/19/98
-3,5003,500-year-old Chinese script found on bones3/31/98
-18,000Stone Age relics found in Hokkaido10/15/97
-5,500Excavation illuminating Jomon life10/7/97
-25,000Stone knives date back 25,000 years10/3/97
-6,0006,000-year-old Hokkaido farm? 8/21/97
-6,000Archaeologists say 6,000-year-old tomb found in Hunan8/13/97
-10,000Ancient earthenware found 7/26/97
-9,500Early Jomon hamlet found5/27/97

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