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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:

Includes fascinating discussions of the controversial beginnings, dialects, jargon, and layers of formality of Japanese.

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

Haruhiko Kindaichi, one of Japan's most famous linguists, is professor of Japanese at Jochi (Sophia) University, Tokyo. He is a well-known radio and television personality, having won the Cultural Broadcasting Award in 1977. A graduate of Tokyo University, he has published numerous books on Japanese linguistics, of which this is the first to be translated into English. His father, Kyosuke Kindaichi, also a linguist, was noted for his pioneering studies of the Ainu language.

Umeyo Hirano, the translator, is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Ryukoku University in Kyoto. 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:
9780804815796
Translator:
Hirano, Umeyo
Author:
Hirano, Umeyo
Author:
Kindaichi, Haruhiko
Author:
Nakayama, Mineharu
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Rutland, Vt. :
Subject:
Japanese
Subject:
Japanese language
Subject:
General Foreign Language Study
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20301231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.13 in

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Japanese Language
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