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  • Huaby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1980; US$ 203.00

    There is no country in the world where as many different languages are spoken as in New Guinea, approximately a fifth of the languages in the world. Most of these so-called Papuan languages seem to be unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere. The present work is the first truly comprehensive study of such a language, Hua. The chief typological peculiarity... more...

  • Noun-Modifying Constructions in Japaneseby Yoshiko Matsumoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1997; US$ 158.00

    This study examines the clausal noun-modifying construction (NMC) in Japanese, a much-discussed construction that embraces what have usually been called relative clause and noun complement constructions. Drawing upon a broad range of naturally-occurring NMCs, including types that fall outside the domains of relative clause and noun complement constructions,... more...

  • Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transitionby Michael K. Walonen

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 109.95

    In his study of the Tangier expatriate community at the end of the colonial era, Walonen analyses representations of French and Spanish Colonial North Africa by Paul Bowles, Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Alfred Chester. Depictions of place by native Moroccan authors such as Mohammed Choukri, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Anouar Majid counterbalance... more...

  • Shock and Naturalization in Contemporary Japanese Literatureby Carl Cassegård

    BRILL 2007; US$ 105.00

    This study introduces the concepts of naturalization and naturalized modernity, and uses them as tools for understanding the way modernity has been experienced and portrayed in Japanese literature since the end of the Second World War. more...

  • A Linguistic History of the Forgotten Islandsby John R. Bentley; Alexander Vovin

    BRILL 2008; US$ 151.00

    Sakishima comprises a group of islands situated between Okinawa and Taiwan, forming a culturally important bridge between Japan and Taiwan. Studies of the languages of the Ryukyuan islands are valuable for an accurate understanding of the linguistic history of Japan as a whole. more...

  • Grammaticalization of the Complex Sentenceby Zygmunt Frajzyngier

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 231.00

    The general objective of the study is systematic examination of the processes involved in the formation and evolution of complex sentence constructions in a group of genetically related languages. The Chadic language group, at about 140 languages, constitutes the largest and most diversified branch of the Afroasiatic family. One of the findings of... more...

  • Hausaby Philip J. Jaggar

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 300.00

    Hausa is a major world language, spoken as a mother tongue by more than 30 million people in northern Nigeria and southern parts of Niger, in addition to diaspora communities of traders, Muslim scholars and immigrants in urban areas of West Africa, e.g. southern Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, and the Blue Nile province of the Sudan. It is also widely spoken... more...

  • Nominal Classification in Aboriginal Australiaby Mark Harvey; Nicholas Reid

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1997; US$ 173.00

    This volume aims to extend both the range of analyses and the database on nominal classification systems. Previous analyses of nominal classification systems have focussed on two areas: the semantics of the classification system and the role of the system in discourse. In many nominal classification systems, there appear to be a significant percentage... more...

  • Complex Sentence Constructions in Australian Languagesby Peter Austin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988; US$ 180.00

    Over the past fifteen years, descriptions of Australian Aboriginal languages have provided important data for the typological study of morpho-syntactic phenomena. The present volume presents descriptions of complex sentence phenomena in ten Australian languages and provides important new material in this area of current concern in linguistics. Complex... more...

  • Perspectives on Topicalizationby John Hinds; Shoichi Iwasaki; Senko K. Maynard

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1987; US$ 188.00

    Within the field of Japanese linguistics, few areas have generated as much controversy as the morpheme wa ; traditionally described as a marker of old or contrasted information, its function as a discourse marker has also been studied. This work aims to deepen the understanding of wa through careful examination of the particle at both sentence and... more...