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Sat Aug 14 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Frellesvig

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        1.    Daniel Davies, A History of the Japanese Language: Frellesvig

Message 1: A History of the Japanese Language: Frellesvig
Date: 11-Aug-2010
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Subject: A History of the Japanese Language: Frellesvig
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Title: A History of the Japanese Language Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Bjarke Frellesvig Hardback: ISBN: 9780521653206 Pages: 460 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese language fromits recorded beginnings until the present day as reflected by the writtensources and historical record. Beginning with a description of the oldestattested stage of the language, Old Japanese (approximately the eighthcentury AD), and then tracing the changes which occurred through the EarlyMiddle Japanese (800-1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200-1600) and the ModernJapanese (1600-onwards) periods, a complete internal history of thelanguage is examined and discussed. This account provides a comprehensivestudy of how the Japanese language has developed andadapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History of theJapanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japaneselanguage and also students of language change generally.

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


Introduction;Abbreviations;Part I. Old Japanese:1. Early writing in Japan and Old Japanese sources;2. Phonology;3. Grammar;4. Loan words;5. Eastern Old Japanese;Part II. Early Middle Japanese:6. Writing and sources;7. Phonology;8. Grammar;9. The sinification of Japanese;Part III. Late Middle Japanese:10. Sources;11. Phonology;12. Grammar;Part IV. Modern Japanese:13. Varieties of Modern Japanese;14. Phonology;15. Grammar;16. Eastern dialect features of the standard language;17. The westernization of Japanese: loan words and other borrowings;Appendix;References.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)
Written In: English (eng )

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