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Proto-Japanese: *bà
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: place
Russian meaning: место
Old Japanese: pa 'edge'
Middle Japanese: bà
Tokyo: bà
Kyoto: bà
Kagoshima: bà
Comments: JLTT 390. All sources except Tokyo point to low tone. A rare case of preservation of *b- (which normally gives OJ w-), probably for syntactic reasons - the word is usually employed in genitive constructions, *-nǝ ba > *-mba > ba.

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