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  • Proto-Japaneseby Bjarke Frellesvig; John Whitman

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 59.00

    Proto-Japanese is the reconstructed language stage from which all later varieties of Japanese, including Ryukyuan, descend. It has been studied both as an end in itself (as the genetic code of the Japanese language) and as part of endeavors to clarify the genetic affiliation of Japanese. Based on the state of the field, especially as represented in... more...

  • Searching for Structureby Robert Englebretson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 168.00

    This book argues against the existence of complementation in colloquial Indonesian, and discusses the ramifications of these findings for a discourse-functional understanding of grammatical categories and linguistic structure. Based on a close analysis of a corpus of spontaneous conversational Indonesian data, the author examines four construction... more...

  • Turn-Taking in Japanese Conversationby Hiroko Tanaka

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 165.00

    This book explores the interpretation of grammar and turn-taking in Japanese talk-in-interaction from the perspective of conversation analysis. It pays special attention to the projectability patterns of turns in Japanese in comparison to English. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, it is shown that the postpositional grammatical structure... more...

  • Austronesian and Theoretical Linguisticsby Raphael Mercado; Eric Potsdam; Lisa deMena Travis

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    Baker 2008 claims that two parameters account for observed crosslinguistic variation in the syntax of agreement. One concerns the direction of agreement: whether or not an agreed-with NP must c-command the agreeing head. The other concerns the relationship of agreement to case: whether or not a head can agree with something it does not share a case... more...

  • The Expression of Information Structureby Ines Fiedler; Anne Schwarz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This study concerns the interaction of ‘focus’ with the verbal system of Ejagham, an Ekoid Bantu language. In particular it concerns the multiple forms of the perfective and imperfective aspects. The Ejagham system differs from the tendency in Bantu systems. The verb forms in Ejagham have a ‘constituent’ focus form that sub-categorizes... more...

  • Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genreby Polly E. Szatrowski

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 143.00

    In this paper, I investigate how a professor fits her story of a famous haiku into the structure of a large lecture and adapts verbal/ nonverbal resources to create involvement. I demonstrate how she uses (1) knowledge questions to establish the tellability of her story, (2) final particles yo ne ‘I tell you, you know’ and ne ‘isn’t... more...

  • Romance, Family, and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literatureby Kimberly Kono

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 105.00

    This book explores how Japanese writers in Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan used narratives of romantic and familial love in order to traverse the dangerous currents of empire. more...

  • 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...

  • 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...