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The Phonology of Japanese [Hardcover]

Laurence Labrune

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March 15 2012 0199545839 978-0199545834
This book provides the fullest account of Japanese phonology ever published. At the same time it makes original contributions both to current understanding of the Japanese sound system and to contemporary phonological theory more generally. After a consideration of the history of linguistic variation in Japanese, the book focuses on modern standard Japanese and its major dialectical variations. Professor Labrune presents a critical overview of current Japanese phonology and new analyses of the central features of Japanese phonology, including segment inventory, the phonology of voicing, the nature of moraic segments, the mora, the syllable, the foot and the upper prosodic units, and accent. Drawing on her own extensive research and on published work in and outside Japan Professor Labrune presents a synthesis of work within and outside Japan. In doing so she shows the great value as well as some of the limitations of approaches derived from Japanese traditional linguistics and philology, work which has largely been ignored outside the country. Her balanced, clear presentation will appeal to phonologists and their advanced students throughout the world.

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L. states her aims to be twofold: to 'present the actual "state of the art" of Japanese phonology', as a 'synthesis of [the] two major research streams' of traditional Japanese 'kokugogaku' and Western scholarship; and to 'offer new analyses and data concerning some of the central issues of Japanese phonology in a theoretically oriented approach'. In her first aim, L. largely succeeds...L. also succeeds in her second aim."--Linguist List


About the Author

Laurence Labrune is Assistant Professor of Phonology and Deputy Director of the ERSS at the University of Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne. She is the author of La phonologie du japonais (Peeters and le Societe de Linguistique de Paris, 2006) and, co-authored with E. Delais-Roussarie, Des sons et des sens : Donnees et modeles en phonologie et en morphologie (Hermes, 2007) and has published extensively on Japanese including articles in Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, and Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan.

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