The Japanese Language

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Tuttle Publishing, 1988 - Foreign Language Study - 295 pages
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A classic study by one of Japan’s foremost linguists, 'The Japanese Language' illuminates one of the world’s most common and commonly misunderstood languages. With fascinating discussions of the controversial beginnings of Japanese, and able clarifications of the dialects, jargon, and layers of formality which color this language, it is an excellent reference for students of the Japanese language. Striking illustrations of the concepts that infuse Japanese speech -- from single words representing the dark shadows cast by dense trees to the many words expressing shades of blue -- reveal the familiar structures and values of Japanese culture.

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About the author (1988)

Haruhiko Kindaichi, one of Japan's most famous linguists, is professor of Japanese at Jochi (Sophia) University, Tokyo. He is a well-known radio and television personality, having won the Cultural Broadcasting Award in 1977. A graduate of Tokyo University, he has published numerous books on Japanese linguistics, of which this is the first to be translated into English. His father, Kyosuke Kindaichi, also a linguist, was noted for his pioneering studies of the Ainu language.

Umeyo Hirano, the translator, is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Ryukoku University in Kyoto. 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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