This work is the first complete description of the language of the golden Heian period (794-1185) to be published in English. It presents an innovative morphological analysis arranged so as to facilitate reference usage and at long last provides a comprehensive reference work for learners and advanced students of classical Japanese. Each linguistic aspect and function, from particles to verb forms, is described in full and illustrated with copious examples. Free of linguistic jargon, the book is accessible not only to students of the language, but also to specialists in literature, history and culture. It features introductory sections on the historical and literary background, and on writing and phonology, a cross-referenced appendix of classical Japanese verb forms, and a detailed index.
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Born in 1961, Alexander Vovin received his Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University. Since 1997 he has been Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Hawaii, USA. His main areas of research interest are the history of Japanese, Korean, Ainu and Altaic languages.
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