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  • The River of Heavenby Robert Aitken

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 15.95

    Known to many as the study of quiet stillness and introspection, Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself through brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. In River of Heaven these concepts and pillars lend themselves to an exploration of Haiku, one of the most delicate and interpretive poetic forms in the world. The haiku verse form,... more...

  • Utterance Particles in Cantonese Conversationby K.K. Luke

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 173.00

    Utterance particles, also known as modal particles or sentence-final particles, form a class of words in Cantonese which is of great descriptive and theoretical interest to students of language. Most utterance particles do not have any semantic content (truth-conditional meaning), and few can be said to have a consistent grammatical function. They... more...

  • Cambodianby John Haiman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 49.95

    Cambodian is in many respects a typical Southeast Asian language, whose syntax at least on first acquaintance seems to approximate that of any SVO pidgin. On closer acquaintance, however, because of the richness of its idioms, the language seems to be a forbiddingly alien form of “Desesperanto” – a language of which one can read a page and understand... more...

  • Early Child Cantoneseby Shek Tse; Hui Li

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 196.00

    Language acquisition is a human endeavor par excellence. As children, all human beings learn to understand and speak at least one language: their mother tongue. It is a process that seems to take place without any obvious effort. Second language learning, particularly among adults, causes more difficulty. The purpose of this series is... more...

  • Studies in Turkish Linguisticsby Dan I. Slobin; Karl Zimmer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1986; US$ 69.00

    Turkish is a member of the Turkic family of languages, which extends over a vast area in southern and eastern Siberia and adjacent portions of Iran, Afganistan, and China. Turkic, in turn, belongs to the Altaic family of languages. This book deals with the morphological and syntactic, semantic and discourse-based, synchronic and diachronic aspects... more...

  • A Hundred Verses from Old Japanby William N. Porter

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.99

    A Hundred Verses from Old Japan is an early translation of one of Japan's most famous anthologies of poetry. This gem of Japanese poetry has preserved its charm for almost a century while remaining the most popular of classical poetry anthologies among the Japanese. The Hyaku-nin-isshiu (literally "one hundred poems by one hundred poets")... more...

  • Tamil Love Poetryby Martha Ann Selby

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry and known to be a work of enduring importance. Commissioned by a Cera-dynasty king and composed by five masterful poets, the anthology renders the five landscapes of reciprocal love distinctive to the genre:... more...

  • First Person Sorrowfulby Ko Un

    Bloodaxe Books 2012; US$ 15.99

    Ko Un has long been a living legend in Korea, both as a poet and as a person. Allen Ginsberg once wrote, 'Ko Un is a magnificent poet, combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian.' When a writer has published as much as Ko Un has in the course of more than fifty years of writing, it is hard to know... more...

  • The Sounds of Koreanby Jiyoung Shin; Jieun Kiaer; Jaeeun Cha

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 32.00

    This introduction to the sounds of Korean is designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of the language. more...

  • The Hmong Language in Wisconsinby Susan Meredith Burt

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2010; US$ 149.95

    This work demonstrates the change in how speakers use language to request, thank, and perform other interpersonal verbal tasks in Hmong, an immigrant language now spoken in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, as well as in its native Laos. Since the changes that have taken place in Hmong follow directly from the language's extended contact with... more...