Shigeru Miyagawa and Mamoru Saito

in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307344
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This handbook selects the topics that capture the excitement of Japanese linguistics over the past fifteen years or so. It focuses on “formal” studies of Japanese syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, acquisition, sentence processing, and information structure. The articles cover a variety of topics, are written by linguists who have directly contributed to the understanding of the particular topics, and are relatively short. The last fifteen years have seen theoretically oriented works on Japanese syntax and semantics in vast numbers. The topics featured in the handbook cover a wide range of phenomena: ellipsis, compounds, quantifiers and numerals, and operator binding, to name just a few. Acquisition research on Japanese has a long history of its own, comparable to syntax and phonology. Finally, an overview of the articles included in the handbook is provided.

Keywords: Japanese linguistics; syntax; semantics; morphology; phonetics; phonology; acquisition; sentence processing; information structure

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Families

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