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This is a book about the structure, history and evolution of the Japanese language

The Japanese Language is a classic study of one of the world's most widely used but least understood languages. Emphasizing the richness and complexity of Japanese as well as its limitations, this fine book provides a lively discussion about the uniqueness of the Japanese language.

This book will interest anyone intrigued by one of the word's most widely used and least understood languages. The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and Professor Kindaichi sets out to define it. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages although it shares many features in common with the languages of mainland Asia. Japanese shares with those languages a rich and detailed vocabulary for natural phenomena and an unusually complex and accurate way of expressing social relationships. Moreover, its capability to absorb innovations from abroad easily matches or exceeds that of English or German. The author, after briefly discussing the unique isolation of the Japanese language, moves on to consider the varieties of ordinary speech—dialects, jargon, sex– and role–based distinctions, and the difference between informal, formal, and literary language. He then examines the structure of Japanese pronunciations, its rhythm, and accent. The longest section of the book is devoted to the variety of the vocabulary, what can and cannot be said in Japanese.

Readers who are just beginning their own study of Japanese will find this section especially fascinating, for each point is backed by examples from literature and everyday speech. Kindaichi also investigates the so–called vagueness of Japanese and traces it to its source–the unusual sentence order. This book includes:

  • The highly debated origins of the Japanese language.
  • Dialects, jargon, sex– and role–based distinctions.
  • Differences between informal, formal, and literary language.
  • Structure, rhythm, and accent of pronunciation.
  • What can and cannot be said in Japanese.

Synopsis:

A classic description of the Japanese language by one of Japan's leading linguists

Synopsis:

The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.

After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.

Synopsis:

The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.

After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.

About the Author

Haruhiko Kindaichi, one of Japan's most famous linguists, was a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. He was also a well-known radio and television personality, having won the Cultural Broadcasting Award. Kindaichi has published numerous books on Japanese linguistics.

Umeyo Hirano was for many years a professor of English at Kyoto Woman's College and Osaka City University. She has lectured on Japanese language and literature at Columbia University. Her previous translations include Tsutsumi Chunagon Monogatari and Kurata's Shinran.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805310809
Author:
Kindaichi, Haruhiko
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Translator:
Hirano, Umeyo
Foreword by:
Nakayama, Mineharu
Foreword:
Nakayama, Mineharu
Author:
Hirano, Umeyo
Author:
Nakayama, Mineharu
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Japanese
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
beginner japanese; study japanese; read japanese; learn japanese; japanese textbook;
Subject:
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Subject:
japanese language; beginner japanese; study japanese; read japanese; learn japanese; japanese textbook; history of japanese language; japanese linguistics; japanese books
Subject:
japanese language; beginner japanese; history of japanese language; japanese linguistics; books about the japanese language;
Subject:
japanese language ; beginner japanese ; history of japanese language
Subject:
learn japanese; japanese language; beginner japanese; history of japanese language
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.13 in

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A classic description of the Japanese language by one of Japan's leading linguists
"Synopsis" by , The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.

After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.

"Synopsis" by , The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.

After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.

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