The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics / Edition 1

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This Handbook brings together major aspects of Japanese linguistics, presenting overviews, current concerns and future directions of each topic. The areas included are phonology, syntax, semantics, morphology, language acquisition, sentence processing, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. This Handbook is for those who are familiar with the topic at the basic level and wish to investigate it in more detail, but it also can be used as a language-specific and typological reference.

  • Written by leading scholars in the field
  • Provides a unique and authoritative survey of Japanese linguistics
  • Each chapter presents an overview of the topic and discusses current concerns and future directions
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"The Japanese language has had a prominent position in the development of linguistic theory over the past 30 years. This handbook represents the first significant collection to provide a detailed overview of the major intellectual descriptive and analytic tasks which have occupied researchers working on the language. It will be of great value to linguists who have an interest in Japanese or who wish to see how Japanese evidence bears on many major theoretical issues." Peter Sells, Stanford University

"I found it very useful that each chapter provides references for those who want to investigate a specific topic further; this is a source to consult for anyone who wants to start research on Japanese linguistics." Functions of Language

A reference for readers who are already familiar with Japanese linguistics at a basic level and want to investigate it in more detail. Mostly Japanese and American linguistics scholars provide an overview and discuss current concerns and future directions of the phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, language acquisition, sentence processing, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Because of the expansion of research beyond English and Indo-European languages since the inception of the generative approach to linguistics, Japanese has been one of the most heavily studied languages for the past three decades, and provides a testing ground for many new theories. Knowledge of Japanese is not necessary, but familiarity with modern linguistic notation is. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631234944
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/10/2002
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Natsuko Tsujimura is Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Associate Professor in Linguistics at Indiana University. She teaches various aspects of Japanese linguistics, lexical semantics, and all levels of Japanese. Her recent research area includes lexical semantics. Her publications include An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (Blackwell, 1996). She is editor of the Journal of Japanese Linguistics.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.



1. Accent (Shosuke Haraguchi).

2. Mora and Syllable (Haruo Kubozono).

3. The Phonological Lexicon (Junko Itô and Armin Mester).

4. Variationist Sociolinguistics (Junko Hibiya).

5. Scrambling (Naoko Nemoto).

6. Reflexives (Takako Aikawa).

7. Passives (Hiroto Hoshi).

8. Causatives (Shigeru Miyagawa).

9. Quantification and wh-Constructions (Taisuke Nishigauchi).

10. Word Formation (Taro Kageyama).

11. Tense and Aspect (Toshiyuki Ogihara).

12. Lexical Semantics (Natsuko Tsujimura).

13. First Language Acquisition (Yukio Otsu).

14. Sentence Processing (Mineharu Nakayama).

15. Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics (Senko Maynard).

16. Sociolinguistics: Honorifics and Gender Differences (Sachiko Ide and Megumi Yoshida).



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