Haruhiko Kindaichi The Japanese Language

ISBN 13: 9784805310809

The Japanese Language

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9784805310809: The Japanese Language

The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.

After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.

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Now finally available in paperback, The Japanese Language is a classic study of one of the world's most widely used but least understood languages. Emphasizing the richness and complexity of Japanese as well as its limitations, this fine book provides a lively discussion about the uniqueness of the Japanese language.

About the Author:

Haruhiko Kindaichi, one of Japan's most famous linguists, was a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. He was also a well-known radio and television personality, having won the Cultural Broadcasting Award. Kindaichi has published numerous books on Japanese linguistics.

Umeyo Hirano was for many years a professor of English at Kyoto Woman's College and Osaka City University. She has lectured on Japanese language and literature at Columbia University. Her previous translations include Tsutsumi Chunagon Monogatari and Kurata's Shinran.

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