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  • Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genreby Polly E. Szatrowski

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 143.00

    This book investigates how Japanese participants accommodate to and make use of genre-specific characteristics to make stories tellable, create interpersonal involvement, negotiate responsibility, and show their personal selves. The analyses of storytelling in casual conversation, animation narratives, television talk shows, survey interviews, and... 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...

  • 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 Ud 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...

  • 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...