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The Japanese Copula

Forms and Functions

The Japanese Copula by Tomiko Narahara
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In this innovative study, Professor Narahara offers a multi-disciplinary description of the Japanese copula, revealing it to be at the interface of morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Most striking is her discovery of the copula's function to express the speaker's knowledge or ignorance about the proposition of the sentence. She provides a new morphological feature analysis to derive this modal function and further proposes a series of unified accounts for a wide range of discourse phenomena.
Palgrave Macmillan; August 2002
230 pages; ISBN 9780230504530
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Title: The Japanese Copula
Author: Tomiko Narahara
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