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Title: Japanese
Written By: Shoichi Iwasaki
Series Title: London Oriental and African Language Library 5

Japanese ranks as the sixth language of the world with more than 125 million speakers in the island state of Japan. Its genetic relation has been a topic of heated discussion, but Altaic and Austronesian languages appear to have contributed to the early formation of this language. It has a long written tradition, which goes back to texts from the eighth century AD. The modern writing system employs a mixture of Chinese characters and two sets of syllabary developed from the Chinese characters.
This book consists of fourteen chapters covering the phonology, morphology, the writing system, grammatical constructions, and discourse and pragmatic phenomena of Japanese.
It provides researchers with a useful typological reference and students of Japanese with a theory-neutral introduction to current linguistic research issues.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Language Family(ies): Altaic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027238057
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xx, 360 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112365
ISBN-13: 9781588112361
Pages: xx, 360 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 169