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Title: The Phonology of Japanese
Written By: Laurence Labrune
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199545834.do
Series Title: The Phonology of the World's Languages
Description:

This book provides the fullest account of Japanese phonology ever
published. At the same time it makes original contributions both to current
understanding of the Japanese sound system and to contemporary
phonological theory more generally.

After a consideration of the history of linguistic variation in Japanese, the
book focuses on modern standard Japanese and its major dialectical
variations. Professor Labrune presents a critical overview of current
Japanese phonology and new analyses of the central features of Japanese
phonology, including segment inventory, the phonology of voicing, the nature
of moraic segments, the mora, the syllable, the foot and the upper prosodic
units, and accent. Drawing on her own extensive research and on published
work in and outside Japan Professor Labrune presents a synthesis of work
within and outside Japan. In doing so she shows the great value as well as
some of the limitations of approaches derived from Japanese traditional
linguistics and philology, work which has largely been ignored outside the
country. Her balanced, clear presentation will appeal to phonologists and their
advanced students throughout the world.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199545839
ISBN-13: 9780199545834
Pages: 320
Prices: U.K. £ 70.00