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Re: False cognates

Post by clawgrip » 20 Apr 2017 12:17

Alessio wrote:Ha, just found another one.

:jpn: 取る toru - to take
:ita: (Emilian local language) tōr - to take

Note that the <u> in <toru> is nearly silent.
The /u/ in 取る toru is always voiced and clearly pronounced.
All4Ɇn wrote::jpn: 可愛いkawaii- cute
:jpn: 可愛ka ai- passable love or :chn: 可愛kě'ài- lovable
可愛い kawaii is etymologically Chinese, so this is a true cognate, not a false one.


Looks like I was too slow on the 攝 thing. It is indeed a simplified in Japanese as 摂. Three identical elements sometimes get simplified as that X thing plus one copy (cf. 澁 → 渋, 壘 → 塁).
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Re: False cognates

Post by Lao Kou » 20 Apr 2017 13:18

clawgrip wrote:Looks like I was too slow on the 攝 thing. It is indeed a simplified in Japanese as 摂.
And apparently, can also be read as toru (as in: 食事を摂る). Mind, I'd be keeping my big bazoo shut if "photography" were written 摂影 -- wouldn't be loving it, natch, but wouldn't be wringing the life out of a tea towel, either.
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Re: False cognates

Post by clawgrip » 20 Apr 2017 13:37

I really only know 摂 from 摂津 Settsu, an old Japanese province.

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Re: False cognates

Post by Lao Kou » 20 Apr 2017 13:52

clawgrip wrote:I really only know 摂 from 摂津 Settsu, an old Japanese province.
From what you and GrandPiano have described, this is where 摂 gets the bulk of its airplay.
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Re: False cognates

Post by MrKrov » 20 Apr 2017 19:39

clawgrip wrote:可愛い kawaii is etymologically Chinese, so this is a true cognate, not a false one.
wiktionary per 可愛い wrote:Shift in pronunciation from kawayui below.[1]

The kanji spelling 可愛い is an example of ateji (当て字), and uses an irregular reading of 愛. The phonological resemblance to Chinese 可愛 (kě'ài, “lovable”) is coincidental. Note that the medial -w- here is not an excrescence added between ka (可) and ai (愛), since the word is not formed from these morphemes.
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A contraction of classical 顔映し /kahahayushi/ → /kahayushi/.[1] Medial /ha/ becomes [wa] via synchronic phonological processes. It is unclear if the word before contraction was initially realized as *[kahahayushi] or as *[kawawayushi].

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Re: False cognates

Post by All4Ɇn » 20 Apr 2017 20:25

Whoops just saw MrKrov's post above

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Re: False cognates

Post by clawgrip » 20 Apr 2017 23:20

Well there you go, guess I should have looked that one up. That w was highly suspicious, after all.

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Re: False cognates

Post by GrandPiano » 21 Apr 2017 19:56

:chn: Zhuang dou "door" (Sawndip 都 or 偷*) - :eng: door

*There is one more Sawndip character according to Wiktionary, but I get an error message if I try to include it in this post; see here.
:eng: - Native
:chn: - B2
:esp: - A2
:jpn: - A2

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Re: False cognates

Post by DesEsseintes » 25 Apr 2017 14:50

I don't think I've seen this mentioned:

Malay: muka n. face

Japanese: 向かう mukau v. to face

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Re: False cognates

Post by k1234567890y » 30 Apr 2017 15:57

English woman and Old Japanese /womi1na/ "woman"
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Re: False cognates

Post by GrandPiano » 02 May 2017 20:30

:por: cão "dog" - :chn: 狗 gǒu "dog"
:eng: - Native
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Re: False cognates

Post by All4Ɇn » 07 May 2017 04:57

:vie: cổ "neck"
:fra: cou "neck"

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Re: False cognates

Post by clawgrip » 07 May 2017 05:20

Not sure if it was mentioned or not, but:

:eng: so "in this/that/the stated manner"
:jpn: "in that/the stated manner"

This one always stood out to me.

e.g.

そう思う。
Sō omou.

"I think so."

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Re: False cognates

Post by GrandPiano » 07 May 2017 18:54

I think I mentioned that one a while ago - or if I didn't, I meant to. Definitely an interesting coincidence.

Perhaps one could also add :esp: así "so" (same as :jpn: そう or こう).
:eng: - Native
:chn: - B2
:esp: - A2
:jpn: - A2

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Re: False cognates

Post by clawgrip » 08 May 2017 14:05

(Don't forget ああ).

But how is así similar to these words?

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Re: False cognates

Post by DesEsseintes » 08 May 2017 16:23

clawgrip wrote:(Don't forget ああ).

But how is así similar to these words?
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Re: False cognates

Post by GrandPiano » 08 May 2017 20:18

clawgrip wrote:(Don't forget ああ).

But how is así similar to these words?
If you take away the /a/ at the beginning, it follows the same phonological structure of /sV/. Considering the meanings are exactly the same, I don't think it's too much of a stretch.
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Re: False cognates

Post by All4Ɇn » 09 May 2017 02:34

:vie: Jurai hờnǐ "honey"
:eng: honey

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Re: False cognates

Post by Creyeditor » 14 May 2017 20:10

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Re: False cognates

Post by qwed117 » 27 May 2017 21:17

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