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Title: A History of the Japanese Language
Written By: Bjarke Frellesvig

Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese language from
its recorded beginnings until the present day as reflected by the written
sources and historical record. Beginning with a description of the oldest
attested stage of the language, Old Japanese (approximately the eighth
century AD), and then tracing the changes which occurred through the Early
Middle Japanese (800–1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200–1600) and the Modern
Japanese (1600–onwards) periods, a complete internal history of the
language is examined and discussed. This account provides a comprehensive
study of how the Japanese language has developed and
adapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History of the
Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japanese
language and also students of language change generally.

- Separates each period into different parts, providing a clear chronological
basis for analysis
- Traces the changes that have occurred in the language from Old Japanese
to Modern Japanese
- Analyses phonological changes as well as those within grammar and vocabulary

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521653207
ISBN-13: 9780521653206
Pages: 460
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00