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This textbook on the structure of Japanese is 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 for 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 introducing them to the research literature. Besides its usefulness to students taking courses in Japanese linguistics and as a reference on the structure of the language, the book should also be of interest to instructors of Japanese who want to enhance their linguistic knowledge of the language.
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An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics gives a comprehensive account of Japanese linguistics, covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language variation including dialectal variation and gender differences, and language acquisition. The author introduces linguistic notions and terminology and discusses theoretical analyses of linguistic phenomena in the language. This text serves as a descriptive source and a theoretical foundation for students and scholars in linguistics as well as those interested in the Japanese language more generally. It is also intended to be used as a pedagogical tool to provide basic notions and terminology in linguistics, and to introduce students to linguistic argumentation.
This new edition offers an entirely new chapter on language acquisition which includes experimental research and its implications for phonological, syntactic, and semantic issues. The coverage of morphology has been expanded to include new sections on nominalization and compounding, and a new discussion of pragmatics and discourse analysis is incorporated into coverage of semantics. Each chapter is also supported by exercises exploring descriptive and theoretical issues, and by updated reading lists which introduce students to the research literature.About the Author:
Natsuko Tsujimura is Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Adjunct Professor in Linguistics at Indiana University, USA.
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Book Description Blackwell Pub, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Near Fine. Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics, 10; 1.5 x 10.25 x 7.25 Inches; 401 pages. Seller Inventory # 31864