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A Linguistic Introduction


  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107611474

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  • This comprehensive introduction to the Japanese language consists of six parts. Following the introductory section, it explores the Japanese lexicon, grammatical foundations, major clause types, clause linkage, and language usage. The discussion of formal and structural properties of Japanese such as sound structure, vocabulary and grammar assist readers as they gain insight into historical and sociocultural aspects of Japanese; some are compared with those of English-speaking nations. An ideal choice for instructors, the book includes twenty-eight chapters, sufficient for approximately ninety hours of hands-on instruction. Each topic has been rigorously selected based on the author's experience of more than two decades teaching Japanese linguistics. The book's breadth and depth make it highly appropriate for learners of the Japanese language, for linguistics students interested in Japanese, and for researchers interested in Japanese linguistics. Online resources include exercises and supplementary multimedia materials to enhance the reader's comprehension and enjoyment.

    • Shows students how formal and structural properties of Japanese are used in real communication
    • Encompasses more topics and goes into greater depth than typical language textbooks provide
    • Online resources accompany the book and enable the reader to check their understanding of each chapter
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    'A comprehensive, up-to-date, and typologically minded survey of Japanese linguistics. Its well-balanced attention to data, theory, usage and grammar fills a gap left by previous textbooks [on] Japanese linguistics.' Mitsuaki Shimojo, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107611474
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 5 maps 67 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Typological and historical overview
    2. Dialects
    3. Sound system
    4. Writing system
    Part II. Lexicon:
    5. Vocabulary
    6. Word structure
    Part III. Grammatical Foundations:
    7. Grammatical relations and case marking
    8. Subjects and topics
    9. Tense, aspect, and taxis
    Part IV. Major Clause Types:
    10. Measurement and comparison
    11. Causatives
    12. Passives
    13. Benefactives
    14. Noun modification and complementation
    15. Nominalization
    Part V. Clause Linkage:
    16. Temporal clauses
    17. Causal and concessive clauses
    18. Conditional clauses
    Part VI. Pragmatics (Language Usage):
    19. Speech acts
    20. Politeness and honorifics I
    21. Politeness and honorifics II
    22. Speech style shift
    23. Sentence-final particles
    24. Modality and evidentiality
    25. Backchanneling
    26. Demonstratives
    27. Represented speech
    28. Gendered speech.

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    Yoko Hasegawa, University of California, Berkeley
    Yoko Hasegawa is Professor of Japanese Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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