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Sun Jan 29 2012

Books: Japanese Linguistics/Phonology/Morphology: Katsuki-Pestemer

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        1.     Ulrich Lueders , Japanese Ideophones: Katsuki-Pestemer

Message 1: Japanese Ideophones: Katsuki-Pestemer
Date: 27-Jan-2012
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Japanese Ideophones: Katsuki-Pestemer
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Title: Japanese Ideophones
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Japenese Linguistics 06
Published: 2012
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Book URL: http://lincom-shop.eu

Author: Noriko Katsuki-Pestemer
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862882687 Pages: 231 Price: Europe EURO 68.80

Japanese has a large number of lexical items which express sounds of
animate and inanimate referents (onomatopoeiae), and those which express
the manner of actions/events, properties of various referents, and human
emotions (mimetics). The author employs the general term ideophones for
these two types of word, i.e. onomatopoeiae and mimetics, as they share the
same or similar linguistic characteristics. The book is divided into two parts:
a short introduction to and the lexicon of Japanese ideophones.

The introduction gives the reader a brief overview of the linguistic features of
Japanese ideophones in phonology (basic phonological items for the
formation of ideophones and their phonosemantic features), morphology (word
formation of ideophones), syntax (grammatical functions and colligation) and
semantics (polysemy, referent marking, collocation, emotivity, visuality, and
semantic fields of Japanese ideophones). The second part of the book, i.e.
the lexicon, is a collection of Japanese ideophones used in Japanese
newspapers, television news broadcasting and other spoken and written
media; it is also a collection of German expressions which can be translated
using Japanese ideophones. The latter was collected primarily from German
children's literature, a German tabloid (Bild) and a German weekly magazine
(Der Spiegel).

The book contains altogether 1095 entries, and they consist of basic
ideophonic lexical items and their variants. The main objective of the book is
to obtain sufficient material for a ontrastive analysis of Japanese ideophones
and their German counterparts. However, the lexicon can be of practical
assistance to the German student of Japanese, or to the Japanese learner of
German as a second language, as one encounters many ideophonic
expressions in both spoken and written Japanese. The book might further be
of interest to linguists who are interested in ideophones in general.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Japanese Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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