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Title: A Semiotactic Approach to Modern Japanese
Written By: Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Japanese Linguistics 04
Description:

This book is a rewritten version of the PhD thesis with the same title,
presented in May 2008 at Leiden University. In this work the syntax and
semantics of Modern Japanese are analyzed while applying the semiotactic
theory of C.L. Ebeling. In the first chapter of this work a brief summary
is given of Ebeling’s theory and methodology, followed by a summary of the
basic characteristics of the Japanese language. In the next chapter various
issues that came up when applying this theory to Japanese are discussed and
Japanese adjectives and adverbs are analyzed.

The following chapters are devoted to analyzing the particles, classifying
them by their functions. In the last three chapters various verbal and
nominal constructions are described, such as the passive, potential and
causative, as well as verb combinations with the -te form, including -te
iru and -te aru, and nominalizations with koto and no. Finally, one
complete literary text, a short story by Natsume Soseki, is analyzed. The
semiotactic analyses in this book clearly demonstrate that there are no
indirect objects in Japanese, that the traditional definitions for
transitivity do not apply, and that all noun phrases marked by nominative
ga should be analyzed as subjects, even when there are two or more
particles ga in one sentence.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895865336
Pages: 350
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