Monday, December 5, 2011


"Unfortunately, since Hokkaido Ainu is moribund and thus "different speech styles" do not now exist, this latter advantage of fused units cannot be exploited. However, as the linguistic affinities of Ainu have not yet been determined, a comparison of the fused units of Ainu with those of languages with which a connection is possible would add another piece of evidence to the Ainu enigma and be of benefit to comparativists and ethnologists alike" (Simeon, 1969).

Simeon, George
         1969 Hokkaido Ainu Phonemics.  American Oriental Society (89)4: 751-757.

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