The Languages of Japan
By (author) Masayoshi Shibatani
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Languages of Japan by Masayoshi Shibatani
Book DescriptionThis book is a detailed survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu. No genetic relationship has been established between them, and structurally they differ significantly. Professor Shibatani has therefore divided his study into two independent parts. The first is a most comprehensive study of the polysynthetic Ainu language. The second part deals extensively with Japanese. It discusses topics from the evolution of the writing system and the differences between men's and women's speech, to issues of greater theoretical complexity, such as phonology, the lexicon and word-formation, and the syntax of agglutinative morphology. As an American-trained scholar in Japan, the author is in an unique postion that affords him a dual perspective on language deriving from Western linguistic scholarship and the Japanese grammatical tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521369183
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-May-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Masayoshi Shibatani
Approaches to Language Typology, Paperback (April 1999)
This collection, now available as a paperback edition, comprises original contributions from major schools of typological research, from the Prague School to the Generative Grammar tradition. The authors are leading scholars who present the theoretical foundations and practical achievements of their particular approach to language typology.
Grammatical Constructions, Hardback (July 1996)
These collected papers are a response to and elaboration of Charles Fillmore's and Paul Kay's "Construction Grammar". In contrast to the modular Chomskyan approach, "Construction Grammar" is premised on the idea that constructions function as units of grammar in a way similar to words.
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This book is a detailed survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu.
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