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John R. Bentley

Research Interests

My research covers two principle areas:

  • the history, phonology and etymology of Old Japanese (broadly defined as the language of the Asuka [592-710] and Nara [710-794] eras),
  • the literature of the Asuka and Nara eras. Much of my work has started from a philological point of view, looking at the actual texts of various works from these two eras. I also have done theoretical work on the history and lineage of Japanese, especially as it relates to two ancient kingdoms on the Korean peninsula, Paekche and Koguryo.

Representative Publications

Books

  • A Linguistic history of the forgotten islands: a reconstruction of the protolanguage of the Southern Ryūkyūs. 2008. Global Oriental Publishers (London).
  • The Authenticity of Sendai Kuji Hongi: A New Examination of Texts, with a Translation and Commentary. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • Historiographical trends in Early Japan. Edwin Mellen Press, May 2002.
  • A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose. Brill Academic Publishers, 2001.

Articles

  • "The Origin of Man'yôgana." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 64:1 (2001), 59-73.
  • "A New Look at Paekche and Korean: Data from Nihon shoki." Language Research 36:2 (2000), 417-443.
  • "Index of Ross King (1991) Russian Sources on Korean Dialects." Korean Linguistics, Vol. 10 (2000), 205-263.
  • "Toru in Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 8:2 (1999), 131-146.
  • "The Creation of Hitomaro, a Poetic Sage." In Dina Rudolph Yoshimi and Marilyn K. Plumlee, (Eds.), The Language of Life, The Life of Language: Selected Papers from the First College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics and Literature. University of Hawai'i-Manoa: National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1998, 37-44.
  • "Japanese Kinship Terminology and Its Etymology." In Dina Rudolph Yoshimi and Marilyn K. Plumlee, (Eds.), The Language of Life, The Life of Language: Selected Papers from the First College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics and Literature. University of Hawai'i-Manoa: National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1998, 153-158.

Professor and Assistant Chair
Office: WH 120
P: 815-753-6451
jbentley1@niu.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Japanese Language and Linguistics
M.A., University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI), Japanese Language and Linguistics
B.A., Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), Japanese Language and Literature