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The Languages of Japan : Cambridge Language Surveys - Masayoshi Shibatani

The Languages of Japan

Cambridge Language Surveys

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Published: 2nd July 1990
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This book surveys the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu. No genetic relationship has been established between them, and structurally they differ significantly. Shibatani has therefore divided his study into two independent parts. The first is the most comprehensive study of the polysynthetic Ainu language yet to appear in English. 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 a unique position that affords him a dual perspective on language deriving from Western linguistic scholarship and the Japanese grammatical tradition.

"Shibatani's wide-ranging survey of Japanese is replete with intriguing ideas...it is a significant and timely contribution to the literature from a productive and influential scholar." Linguistic Anthropology "This combination of breadth and boldness makes for instructive and engaging reading, all in an accessible style which promises to make this work a staple on reading lists in future courses on the history and structure of the Japanese language." Wesley M. Jacobsen, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese

List of maps
Preface
List of abbreviations used in glosses
The Ainu Language
Introduction
Sound structure
Grammatical structure
The Japanese Language
Introduction
Genetic affiliation
History
Lexicon
Phonology
Dialects
Word formation
Grammatical structure
Epilogue
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521369183
ISBN-10: 0521369185
Series: Cambridge Language Surveys
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 2nd July 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61