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Japan Language Derived From Ancient Korean


8 Oct 2002
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_) An article on how agriculture spread languags

_) This article appeared in the April 25 issue of Science.

World's Farmers Sowed Languages as Well as Seeds

The Science article endorses a bold suggestion for the origin of Japanese. The writers say it is derived from the language of rice farmers who arrived from Korea around 400 B.C. and spread their agriculture northward from a southern island, Kyushu. Modern Japanese is not at all like Korean. But Korea had three ancient kingdoms, each with its own language. Modern Korean derived from the ancient Sillan. Japanese may have evolved from another ancient Korean language, Koguryo, the article says

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