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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About the Author
Tomiko Narahara is at the University of California.
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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.