A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose (Brill's Japanese Studies Library #15) (Hardcover)

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A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose (Brill's Japanese Studies Library #15) (Hardcover)

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The oldest written stage of the Japanese language forms the subject of John Bentley's important new volume. The underlying texts (also presented here) are those of the religious liturgies (norito) and imperial edicts (A.D. 685). Part one deals with the liturgies, the writing system, texts, and phonology and the dating problem. The main chapters of the book are a description of nominals, verbs, verbal suffixes, auxiliary verbs, particles, and conjunctions. A chapter on the lexicon, detailing many hapax legomena and interesting words, makes this into a major reference work on early Japanese.
John R. Bentley, Ph.D. (1999) in Japanese Language, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, is Assistant Professor of Japanese at Northern Illinois University. He has published various articles on the Japanese and Korean languages.
Product Details ISBN: 9789004123083
ISBN-10: 9004123083
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: August 30th, 2001
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Brill's Japanese Studies Library