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The Languages of Japan

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This book is a detailed survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu.

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  • The Languages of Japan (Cambridge University Press) – Hardcover (2009)
    by Professor Masayoshi Shibatani

    The Languages of Japan

    Hardcover, Cambridge University Press
    2009
    English
    428 pages

    ISBN: 0521360706
    ISBN-13: 9780521360708

    This book is a detailed survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu. No genetic relationship has been established between them, and structurally they differ significantly. Professor Shibatani has therefore divided his study into two independent parts. The first is a most comprehensive study of the polysynthetic Ainu language. The second part deals extensively with Japanese. It discusses topics from the evolution of the writing system and the differences between men's and women's speech, to issues ... Show more

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