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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. 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 ...

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The Languages of Japan
1990, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521369183

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The Languages of Japan
1990, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521360708

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