LINGUIST List 9.1293

Fri Sep 18 1998

Books: Japanese Linguistics

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  1. Maureen Burke, new book: Japanese Linguistics

Message 1: new book: Japanese Linguistics

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 12:07:13 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <>
Subject: new book: Japanese Linguistics

Japanese Linguistics

Hamano, Shoko (The George Washington University); THE SOUND-SYMBOLIC
SYSTEM OF JAPANESE; ISBN: 1-57586-144-5 (paper), 1-57586-144-5 (cloth);
CSLI Publications 1998:

	This book is the first theoretical study of sound-symbolic expressions
in Japanese commonly known as mimetic words. It identifies stringent
linguistic constraints on these expressions and demonstrates that they
form an intricate linguistic system rather than a collection of ad hoc
expressions. It then carefully identifies the sound-symbolic meanings
of sound units so as to make the elusive meaning of each sound-symbolic
expression fully comprehensible. In addition, this book describes a
number of interesting facts about the history of the Japanese language
which mimetic words reveal.


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