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Title: Proto-Japanese
Subtitle: Issues and Prospects
Edited By: Bjarke Frellesvig
John B Whitman
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 294

Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later
varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied
both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and
as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based
on the state of the field, especially as represented in Samuel E. Martin's
seminal work The Japanese Language Through Time (1987), this
volume singles out key areas in the reconstruction of proto-Japanese where
salient progress has been or promises to be made since Martin.

Contributions were invited from scholars working on the following areas:
segmental phonology, use of dialect evidence, accent, morphology, and
syntax. While the book first of all presents new research which advances
our understanding of proto-Japanese, it also gives an overview over the
state of the art in the field and its main issues.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248095
ISBN-13: 9789027248091
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 142.00