A History of the Japanese Language (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 2010 - Foreign Language Study
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Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese language from its recorded beginnings until the present day as reflected by the written sources and historical record. Beginning with a description of the oldest attested stage of the language, Old Japanese (approximately the eighth century AD), and then tracing the changes which occurred through the Early Middle Japanese (800–1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200–1600) and the Modern Japanese (1600–onwards) periods, a complete internal history of the language is examined and discussed. This account provides a comprehensive study of how the Japanese language has developed and adapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History of the Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japanese language and also students of language change generally.
  

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Contents

Old Japanese
11
Phonology
26
Grammar
51
Table
114
17 Pronominal forms of OJ
136
Loanwords
144
Eastern Old Japanese
151
Writing and sources
157
The sinification of Japanese
258
1 Kanji readings
281
4 Native Japanese and SJ numerals
289
Sources
297
1 Important LMJ sources
298
Phonology
304
1 LMJ sound inventory
305
2 Sources of SJ koo and yoo
321

1 Kanji origins of kana
159
3 Phonemic transcription of the historical kanaspelling
176
Phonology
184
1 EMJ sound inventory
185
2 Examples of onbin
193
3 Prosodic classes
218
5 Prosodic shapes of EMJ basic inflected verb forms
225
Grammar
227
4 Basic paradigm of EMJ consonant base verbs
231
8 EMJ forms of causative and passive auxiliaries
238
10 EMJ demonstrative and interrogative forms
246
Grammar
326
1 LMJ inflected verb forms
327
4 Changes of EMJ auxiliaries to LMJ flectives
333
Varieties of Modern Japanese
377
Phonology
384
Grammar
390
Eastern dialect features of the standard language
397
Loanwords and other
403
Appendix
413
Index of main grammatical forms
425
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