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Put simply, the particle へ is derived from the noun 方{へ}. Bjarke Frellesvig provides a brief explanation in his book A History of the Japanese Language (page 132). … The noun pye "side, direction" was being grammaticalized as an allative case particle pye, but in the Old Japanese period had not yet acquired that status. As for pronunciation, sound ...


As ファルキエッレ stated, the particle へ is cognate with the noun, variously spelled 方 or 辺, and probably derives from it. This has been a very productive noun, appearing as a component of many terms in modern Japanese: 芦辺 ashibe, "reed-covered bank" 海辺 umibe, "seaside" 夕べ yūbe, "last night, yesterday evening" Some modern JA terms aren't necessarily even ...

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