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Japanese Copula: Forms and Functions
     

Japanese Copula: Forms and Functions

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by Tomiko Narahara
 

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In this innovative study, Professor Narahara offers a multi-disciplinary description of the Japanese copula, revealing it to be at the interface of morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Most striking is her discovery of the copula's function to express the speaker's knowledge or ignorance about the proposition of the sentence. She provides a new morphological

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In this innovative study, Professor Narahara offers a multi-disciplinary description of the Japanese copula, revealing it to be at the interface of morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Most striking is her discovery of the copula's function to express the speaker's knowledge or ignorance about the proposition of the sentence. She provides a new morphological feature analysis to derive this modal function and further proposes a series of unified accounts for a wide range of discourse phenomena.

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'...a wonderful and innovative study.' - Professor Ken-ichi Takami, Tokyo Metropolitan University

'I would strongly recommend [this book] to anyone who is interested in knowing more about this small grammatical creature in Japanese.' - Seiki Ayano, Journal of Linguistics

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ISBN-13:
9780230567702
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/21/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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Tomiko Narahara is at the University of California.

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Japanese Copula: Forms and Functions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
H_Kaplan More than 1 year ago
My interest in the function of be-verbs in world languages led me to this book and I am glad to have found it. The book offers much more than I had hoped for. The author presents very interesting data about Japanese syntactic and sociolinguistic phenomena, reaching an hypothesis that accounts for them in one fell fell swoop. I found the analyses logical and meticulous. The conclusion was original and extremely plausible.