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  • An Artless Art - The Zen Aesthetic of Shiga Naoyaby Roy Starrs

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Shiga Naoya was a giant of Japanese literature but he is barely known outside Japan. This book is the first study of Shiga to explore in depth his affinities - both aesthetic and philosophic - with the long tradition of Zen art. more...

  • Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languagesby Felix K. Ameka; M.E. Kropp Dakubu

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 180.00

    This book explores the thesis that in the Kwa languages of West Africa, aspect and modality are more central to the grammar of the verb than tense. Where tense marking has emerged it is invariably in the expression of the future, and therefore concerned with the impending actualization or potentiality of an event, hence with modality, rather than the... more...

  • Australian Aboriginal Grammar (RLE Linguistics F: World Linguistics)by Barry Blake

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 47.95

    This study covers a number of topics that are prominent in the grammars of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially ergativity and manifestations of the hierarchy that runs from the speech-act participants down to inanimates. This hierarchy shows up in case marking, number marking and agreement, advancement and cross-referencing. Chapter 1 provides... more...

  • Australian Languagesby Claire Bowern; Harold Koch

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 188.00

    This book addresses controversial issues in the application of the comparative method to the languages of Australia which have recently come to international prominence. Are these languages ?different? in ways that challenge the fundamental assumptions of historical linguistics? Can subgrouping be successfully undertaken using the Comparative Method?... more...

  • The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascarby K Alexander Adelaar; Nikolaus Himmelmann

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 83.95

    Some 800 Austronesian languages are spoken in the area extending from Madagascar to eastern Indonesia and to the north to Taiwan and the Philippines. They vary greatly in almost every possible respect, including the size and social make-up of the speech communities and their typological profiles. This book is designed to serve as a reference work... more...

  • Austronesian and Theoretical Linguisticsby Raphael Mercado; Eric Potsdam; Lisa deMena Travis

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    The Austronesian language family is the largest language family in the world, yet its members are relatively little studied, particularly from a formal perspective. Interestingly, because these languages exhibit typologically unusual properties, they pose important challenges to linguistic theory. Any theory that postulates a grammar that is common... more...

  • The Bantu?Romance Connectionby Cécile De Cat; Katherine Demuth

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word... more...

  • Basic Indonesianby Stuart Robson; Yacinta Kuriniasih

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 22.95

    This is a user–friendly and comprehensive beginning Indonesian textbook. Divided into 28 graded lessons, Basic Indonesian provides fill-in-the-blank exercises, quizzes, word puzzles and question-and-answer practices to reinforce the learning. Extensive cultural notes are provided along with detailed tips on etiquette and appropriate cultural... more...

  • Basic Japanese Kanji Volume 1by Timothy G. Stout; Kaori Hakone

    Tuttle Publishing 2014; US$ 17.95

    This is an invaluable study guide for learning basic Japanese characters. Basic Japanese Kanji, Volume 1 is your introduction to the first 205 of the 410 core characters in Japanese (plus 18 additional kanji that serve as building blocks). These kanji are the most frequently used in newspapers, conversations and the top college-level beginning... more...

  • Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogsby Paraluman S. Aspillera; Yolanda C. Hernandez; Leo Alvarado

    Tuttle Publishing 2014; US$ 24.95

    Basic Tagalog takes a friendly and innovative approach, emphasizing the structure of the Tagalog language rather than just vocabulary. This user–friendly Tagalog textbook teaches more than 2,000 Tagalog words and expressions with over 500 being added for this new edition. These are spread throughout 44 lessons, the Appendices and the exercises... more...