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The Languages of Japan

Shibatani, Masayoshi

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ISBN 10: 0521360706 / ISBN 13: 9780521360708
Published by Cambridge Univ Pr, Spain, 1990
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Languages of Japan

Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr, Spain

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Good

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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.

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A survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan includes the most comprehensive study of the polysynthetic Ainu language yet to appear in English as well as a comprehensive analysis of Japanese linguistics.

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