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The Languages of Japan

The Languages of Japan

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  • Date Published: May 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521369183

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  • This 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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    • Date Published: May 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521369183
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Preface
    List of abbreviations used in glosses
    Part I. The Ainu Language:
    1. Introduction
    2. Sound structure
    3. Grammatical structure
    Part II. The Japanese Language:
    4. Introduction
    5. Genetic affiliation
    6. History
    7. Lexicon
    8. Phonology
    9. Dialects
    10. Word formation
    11. Grammatical structure
    12. Epilogue
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Masayoshi Shibatani, Rice University, Houston

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