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  • An Introduction to African Languagesby G. Tucker Childs

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 75.00

    This book introduces beginning students and non-specialists to the diversity and richness of African languages. In addition to providing a solid background to the study of African languages, the book presents linguistic phenomena not found in European languages. A goal of this book is to stimulate interest in African languages and address the question:... more...

  • Japanese Discourse Markersby Noriko O. Onodera

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 165.00

    This book is one of the pioneering historical pragmatic studies of Japanese. It closely illustrates the usage and contributions of some Japanese discourse markers, and reveals their developmental history. The section on Synchronic Analysis explores the previously uninvestigated functions of some discourse markers used in Present Day Japanese. Moment... more...

  • Joint Utterance Construction in Japanese Conversationby Makoto Hayashi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 165.00

    This book focuses on how participants in Japanese conversation negotiate and achieve joint courses of action within a single turn at talk. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis as a central framework, this book describes in detail the structures and procedures used by Japanese speakers to jointly produce a coherent grammatical unit-in-progress,... more...

  • The Light Verb Construction in Japaneseby Tadao Miyamoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 158.00

    This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in Japanese, which consists of the verb “suru” ‘do’ and an accusative (“o”) marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on the role of “suru”: whether “suru” in “VN-o suru” functions as a light or heavy... more...

  • The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Languageby Kazue Kanno

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 143.00

    This book marks the first-ever collection of papers in English on the acquisition of Japanese as a second language. Its overarching goal is to broaden and deepen the field of SLA research by focusing on Japanese rather than on more commonly studied European languages. Broad in scope and eclectic in approach with chapters by leading scholars in the... more...

  • The Acquisition of Swahiliby Kamil Deen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 165.00

    This monograph is the first study of the acquisition of Swahili as a first language. It focuses on the acquisition of inflectional affixes, with a particular emphasis on subject agreement and tense. Other inflectional affixes are also investigated, including object agreement and mood. The study surveys the adult dialect in question, Nairobi Swahili,... more...

  • Locality and Information Structureby Yoshio Endo

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 165.00

    This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed are investigated from a broader comparative perspective.... 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 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 Bantu?Romance Connectionby CÚcile De Cat; Katherine Demuth

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 173.00

    Both Bantu and Romance languages use a V(erb) S(ubject) construction to express thetic (?out-of-the-blue?) sentences. Two types of languages can be distinguished within these language families, with respect to the verbal agreement in a thetic VS sentence: in type 1 the verb has default agreement, whereas in type 2 the verb agrees with the postverbal... more...