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  • Writing the Love of Boysby Jeffrey Angles

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00

    Despite its centuries-long tradition of literary and artistic depictions of love between men, around the fin de siFcle Japanese culture began to portray same-sex desire as immoral. Writing the Love of Boys looks at the response to this mindset during the critical era of cultural ferment between the two world wars as a number of Japanese writers challenged... more...

  • Discourse Modalityby Senko K. Maynard

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1993; US$ 173.00

    The emotional aspects of language have so far not received the attention they deserve. This study focuses on nonpropositional, i.e. expressive and interactional meanings of Japanese signs, with special emphasis on understanding their cognitive, psychological and social meanings. It shows how the Japanese language is richly endowed to express personal... more...

  • Japaneseby Shoichi Iwasaki

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 188.00

    Japanese ranks as the sixth language of the world with more than 125 million speakers in the island state of Japan. Its genetic relation has been a topic of heated discussion, but Altaic and Austronesian languages appear to have contributed to the early formation of this language. It has a long written tradition, which goes back to texts from the eighth... more...

  • 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...

  • The Tuma Underworld of Loveby Gunter Senft

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 135.00

    The Trobriand Islanders' eschatological belief system explains what happens when someone dies. Bronislaw Malinowski described essentials of this eschatology in his articles "Baloma: the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands" and "Myth in Primitive Psychology". There he also presented the Trobrianders' belief that a "baloma" can be reborn; he... 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...