The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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 (booknews.com)
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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

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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
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Accent 1
2 Mora and Syllable 31
3 The Phonological Lexicon 62
4 Variationist Sociolinguistics 101
5 Scrambling 121
6 Reflexives 154
7 Passives 191
8 Causatives 236
9 Quantification and wh-Constructions 269
10 Word Formation 297
11 Tense and Aspect 326
12 Lexical Semantics 349
13 First Language Acquisition 378
14 Sentence Processing 398
15 Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics 425
16 Sociolinguistics: Honorifics and Gender Differences 444
Bibliography 481
Index 526
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