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Description - Classical Japanese by Haruo Shirane

Written by a leading scholar in the field, Classical Japanese: A Grammar is an elegant, comprehensive, and practical guide to classical Japanese. Extensive notes and historical explanations make this volume useful as both a reference for advanced students and a textbook for beginning students. Classical Japanese (bungo) was used to write Japanese for more thirteen hundred years, until World War II. The volume, which explains how classical Japanese is related to modern Japanese, includes Detailed explanations of basic grammar, including helpful, easy-to-use tables of grammatical forms; Annotated excerpts from classical premodern texts, with accompanying grammar and vocabulary notes; Exercises and an answer booklet; Detailed explanations of honorific expressions; Appendixes on sound changes, prefixes, and suffixes, rhetorical techniques, and auxiliary verb combinations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231135245
ISBN-10: 0231135246
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 552
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Haruo Shirane

Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of The Tale of Genji and Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho; and an editor of Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature and Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900.

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