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  • An Introduction to African Languagesby G. Tucker Childs

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 188.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • Modality in Japaneseby Heiko Narrog

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Hierarchical clause structure is an important feature of most theories of grammar. While it has been an indispensable part of formal syntactic theories, functional theories have more recently discovered for themselves a ?layered structure of the clause?. A major focus of the current discussion on semanto-syntactic clause structure is the hierarchical... more...

  • Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyondby Norbert Cyffer; Erwin Ebermann; Georg Ziegelmeyer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    This volume deals with issues on negation patterns in languages of West Africa and the adjacent north and east. The first aim is to provide data on various aspects of negation in African languages. Although the topics addressed here reflect a great diversity of negation patterns, the following typological features have been identified to be prominent... more...

  • Negotiation of Contingent Talkby Emi Morita

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 173.00

    Observing naturally occurring talk-in-interaction in Japanese, this book examines how Japanese speakers segment their talk into relevant interactional units and use particles such as ne and sa to accomplish local pragmatic work. The study provides a conversation analytic, action-oriented account for the ubiquity of such particles in Japanese talk.... more...

  • Proto-Japaneseby Bjarke Frellesvig; John Whitman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based on the state of the field, especially as represented in... more...

  • Searching for Structureby Robert Englebretson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 168.00

    This book argues against the existence of complementation in colloquial Indonesian, and discusses the ramifications of these findings for a discourse-functional understanding of grammatical categories and linguistic structure. Based on a close analysis of a corpus of spontaneous conversational Indonesian data, the author examines four construction... more...