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@snailboat i get a very similar number. Of 13776 entries that are mainly taken from Unihan i can distill the below 420 documented On-readings. It has to be said that the Unihan data is not extremely well curated; in many places, it just lists anything that you could possibly list for a given character, and in some cases, pre-1945 spellings are thrown into ...


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The on'yomi are of course morphemes borrowed from Middle Chinese, so in a sense the sounds of Japanese on'yomi are the sounds of Middle Chinese filtered through Japanese loanword phonology. Of course, the phonetics and phonotactics of Japanese changed over time, so describing the exact process by which we ended up with the sounds we have today is kind of ...



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