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Overview

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 Professor of Japanese Linguistics at Indiana University

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"Teachers and students of Japanese will find the rich set of data and the clear and user-friendly descriptions invaluable in understanding the structure of the Japanese Language." Professor Shigeru Miyagawa, Massachesetts Institute of Technology

"This book is an excellent invitation to Japanese Linguistics not only for students of Japanese but also for native speakers who are interested in the structure of their own language. As it includes insightful discussion of the major theoretical issues and detailed bibliographical information, it is also a valuable reference for theoretical linguistics." Mamoru Saito, University of Connecticut

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631198567
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/1996
  • Series: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Natsuko Tsujimura is Chair and Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University. She is the editor of The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 1999) and Japanese Linguistics: Critical Concepts (2005), and is Review Editor of the journal Language. She has published extensively on various aspects of Japanese linguistics, including phonology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Phonetics 5
3 Phonology 23
4 Morphology [s.n.]
5 Syntax 160
6 Semantics 305
7 Language Variation 352
Bibliography 382
Index 396
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