いは

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Etymology[edit]

ipa → iɸa → iwa. Compound of i (emphatic marker) and wa (focus marker). As -i was archaic even in Old Japanese, -wa was attached to supplement it.

Particle[edit]

いは (romaji iwa)

  1. emphatic nominative case marker
    • c. 759: Man'yōshū (book 3, poem #237)
      不敢雖謂 話礼ゝゝ常 詔許曽 志斐伊波奏 強話登言
  2. pronominal; person or thing; one
    • 797: Shoku Nihongi (edict #45)
      伊波、捨伊波

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