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Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

ISBN: 978-0-631-19856-7
420 pages
January 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is the first textbook on the structure of Japanese written in the framework of generative linguistics. It serves both as an introduction to Japanese Linguistics for those who have no prior knowledge of linguistics, and as a reference book on Japanese for linguists in general.

The book gives a comprehensive account of Japanese linguistics covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language change, dialect variation, and gender differences. The author introduces linguistic notions and terminology, and discusses theoretical analyses of linguistic phenomena in the language. A major focus is on phonology and syntax, where the formal approach of generative grammar is adopted. To aid the student's learning, chapters are supported by exercises exploring descriptive and theoretical issues, and by reading lists which introduce students to the research literate.

Besides its value to students taking courses in Japanese linguistics, and as a reference on the structure of the language, the book will also be a benefit to instructors of Japanese who wish to enhance their linguistic knowledge of the language.

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List of Figures, Tables, and Maps.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Introduction.

Part II: Phonetics.

Part III: Phonology.

Part IV: Morphology.

Part V: Syntax.

Part VI: Semantics.

Part VII: Language Variation.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Natsuko Tsujimura is Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Linguistics at Indiana University, USA.
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  • gives a comprehensive account of Japanese linguistics covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language change, dialect variation, and gender differences.

  • introduces linguistic notions and terminology and discusses theoretical analyses of linguistic phenomena

  • includes exercises exploring descriptive and theoretical issues and reading lists

  • Useful reference for students taking courses in Japanese linguistics and for instructors who wish to enhance their linguistic knowledge of the language
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"Teachers and students of Japanese will find the rich set of data and the clear and user-friendly descriptions invaluable in understanding the structure of the Japanese Language." Professor Shigeru Miyagawa, Massachesetts Institute of Technology


"This book is an excellent invitation to Japanese Linguistics not only for students of Japanese but also for native speakers who are interested in the structure of their own language. As it includes insightful discussion of the major theoretical issues and detailed bibliographical information, it is also a valuable reference for theoretical linguistics." Mamoru Saito, University of Connecticut

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