9780521369183-0521369185-The Languages of Japan (Cambridge Language Surveys)

The Languages of Japan (Cambridge Language Surveys)

ISBN-13: 9780521369183
ISBN-10: 0521369185
Author: Shibatani
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 428 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780521369183
ISBN-10: 0521369185
Author: Shibatani
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 428 pages

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Acknowledged author Shibatani wrote The Languages of Japan (Cambridge Language Surveys) comprising 428 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0521369185 and 9780521369183. Since then The Languages of Japan (Cambridge Language Surveys) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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 Japan, the author is in a unique position that affords him a dual perspective on language deriving from Western linguistic scholarship and the Japanese grammatical tradition.

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