History of the Japanese Language

Research resources for studying the history of the Japanese language

  • Corpus of Historical Japanese

    This corpus collects materials to research the history of the Japanese language. The development of the corpus is ongoing, with a view to producing a diachronic corpus which covers a period from the ancient times to the modern times. What is already built is available at the moment.

  • Chunagon

    Chunagon is a web concordancer that enables a three-way search of the corpora developed by NINJAL. In Chunagon, short unit word, long unit word, and string are available. Using a combination of morphological information, it is possible to make an advanced search of the corpus.

  • Corpora of Modern Japanese

    This is corpus developed to research the Japanese language of the Meiji and Taisho eras. The ‘Taiyo corpus’, ‘Modern women’s magazines corpus’, ‘Meiroku Zasshi corpus’, and ‘Kokumin-no-Tomo corpus’ are available.

  • Collection of the Research Library for Study of the Japanese Language History

    The Research Library owns valuable archives for research into Japanese language history and development of the historical corpus, digital images of the archives can be browsed online.

  • Transcription of The Tale of Genji Manuscript Book at the Library of Congress

    This database provides the transcription of the Tale of Genji manuscript at the Library of Congress (LC, LC Control No.: 2008427768), and it has the function of full-text search.

  • Images of The Tale of Genji Manuscript Book at the Library of Congress

    This database provides images of the Tale of Genji manuscript at the Library of Congress (LC, LC Control No.: 2008427768), using a viewer that displays images of original texts and transliterated texts side-by-side. Kiritsubo, Suma and Kashiwagi are accessible.

  • Web ChaMame

    A tool to perform morphological analysis using various UniDic dictionaries. It allows researchers to perform a series of work necessary for morphological analysis on the Internet via a user-friendly interface.