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1. Bokhorst, Michelle van. Rendaku in Japanese place names.

Degree: 2018, Leiden University

The aim of this research was to investigate the occurrence of rendaku in Japanese place names based on two aspects: the region in which a name occurs and the final element of the name. By using a database from the Japan Post, 39 place names that showed variation in rendaku occurrence were investigated. It was expected that rendaku would occur in place names according to a core periphery model, where place names located in the core area would have a higher rendaku rate. The results showed that for many names, the rendaku rate was higher in the more central Kanto, Chubu or Kinki areas compared to the peripheral areas. Furthermore, it was expected that rendaku in names ending with the same element would show a similar geographical distribution across Japan. The results showed that all names ending with kawa behaved similarly, while for other elements the rendaku pattern varied per individual name. This thesis therefore concludes that rendaku in Japanese place names occurs according to a certain pattern, although this pattern varies per name. Further research, especially regarding accent patterns, is necessary in order to explain the variation of rendaku in Japanese place names. Advisors/Committee Members: Uegaki, Wataru (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Japanese; rendaku; phonology; dialectology; sequential voicing

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APA (6th Edition):

Bokhorst, M. v. (2018). Rendaku in Japanese place names. (Masters Thesis). Leiden University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64497

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Bokhorst, Michelle van. “Rendaku in Japanese place names.” 2018. Masters Thesis, Leiden University. Accessed July 07, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64497.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Bokhorst, Michelle van. “Rendaku in Japanese place names.” 2018. Web. 07 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

Bokhorst Mv. Rendaku in Japanese place names. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Leiden University; 2018. [cited 2020 Jul 07]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64497.

Council of Science Editors:

Bokhorst Mv. Rendaku in Japanese place names. [Masters Thesis]. Leiden University; 2018. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64497

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