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Title: The Japanese Copula
Subtitle: Forms and Functions
Written By: Tomiko Narahara
Description:

In this innovative study, Professor Narahara offers a multi-disciplinary description of the Japanese copula, revealing it to be at the interface of morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Most striking is her discovery of the copula's function to express the speaker's knowledge or ignorance about the proposition of the sentence. She provides a new morphological feature analysis to derive this modal function and further proposes a series of unified accounts for a wide range of discourse phenomena.

CONTENTS:

Acknowledgements - PART ONE: CONCEPT OF COPULA - Introduction to Japanese
Copula - Copula as a Universal Notion - PART TWO: FORMS AND FUNCTIONS: THE
VIEW FROM FEATURE MORPHOLOGY - Grammatical Feature Representation - Against
Overt Present Tense Feature Morphology - Categorial Marking Analysis -
PART THREE: EVOLUTION OF INFLECTIONAL MORPHOLOGY - Categorial Forms in a
Diachronic Perspective - Forms and Functions of Modern Copula - Da -
Discourse Functions of Da and Zyanai - Index

TOMIKO NARAHARA is Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics and Director of the Japanese Language Programme at the University of
California, Santa Barbara.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Morphology
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0333969200
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 232
Prices: A345.00