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Languages of Japan

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ISBN-10: 0521360706

ISBN-13: 9780521360708

Edition: 1990

Authors: Masayoshi Shibatani

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This book surveys the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu. No genetic relationship has been established between them, and structurally they differ significantly. Shibatani has therefore divided his study into two independent parts. The first is the most comprehensive study of the polysynthetic Ainu language yet to appear in English. The second part deals extensively with Japanese. It discusses topics from the evolution of the writing system and the differences between men's and women's speech, to issues of greater theoretical complexity, such as phonology, the lexicon and word formation, and the syntax of agglutinative morphology. As an American trained scholar in…    
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/3/1990
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 428
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of maps
Preface
List of abbreviations used in glosses
The Ainu Language
Introduction
Sound structure
Grammatical structure
The Japanese Language
Introduction
Genetic affiliation
History
Lexicon
Phonology
Dialects
Word formation
Grammatical structure
Epilogue
References
Index