By Masayoshi Shibatani
This booklet surveys the 2 major indigenous languages of Japan, jap and Ainu. No genetic courting has been proven among them, and structurally they vary considerably. Shibatani has for that reason divided his learn into self sustaining components. the 1st is the main finished examine of the polysynthetic Ainu language but to seem in English. the second one half bargains largely with jap. It discusses subject matters from the evolution of the writing method and the variations among men's and women's speech, to problems with better theoretical complexity, comparable to phonology, the lexicon and note formation, and the syntax of agglutinative morphology. As an American proficient pupil in Japan, the writer is in a special place that provides him a twin point of view on language deriving from Western linguistic scholarship and the japanese grammatical culture.
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