Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Book Information


Title: Proto-Japanese
Subtitle: Issues and Prospects
Edited By: Bjarke Frellesvig
John B Whitman
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 294

Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later
varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied
both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and
as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based
on the state of the field, especially as represented in Samuel E. Martin's
seminal work The Japanese Language Through Time (1987), this
volume singles out key areas in the reconstruction of proto-Japanese where
salient progress has been or promises to be made since Martin.

Contributions were invited from scholars working on the following areas:
segmental phonology, use of dialect evidence, accent, morphology, and
syntax. While the book first of all presents new research which advances
our understanding of proto-Japanese, it also gives an overview over the
state of the art in the field and its main issues.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248095
ISBN-13: 9789027248091
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 142.00