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there is perhaps some historical connection between the く sound and い sound, either phonologically or semantically. I think the answer from blutorange addresses this. Maybe these two classes of words [〜い adjectives and 〜く verbs] diverged from the same class of words somehow? I'll disagree with blutorange about this part, as his answer is (I believe) ...


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Yes, for example consider the beginning of 枕草子【まくらのそうし】: 美【うつく】しきもの。瓜【うり】に描【か】きたる稚児【ちご】の顔【かお】。 If you rewrite the adjective and verb forms to their modern form: 美しいもの。瓜に描いてある稚児の顔。 Observe that an adjective such as 美しい was originally 美しき (before a noun, 美し at the end of a sentence), with a shift of き→い, see イ音便. 咲いて was originally 咲きて, where you can ...


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