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Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar

2nd Edition

By Stefan Kaiser, Yasuko Ichikawa, Noriko Kobayashi, Hilofumi Yamamoto


700 pages

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Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a thorough reference guide to modern Japanese grammar. With its detailed treatment of all grammatical structures, it explores the complexities of the language fully, concentrating on the real patterns of use in contemporary Japanese as spoken and written by native speakers.

This edition has been fully updated throughout, incorporating a new structure now organised by topic and providing specific attention to areas of particular difficulty. Examples have been updated throughout to reflect current usage and a glossary of linguistic terms has been added.

Features include:

  • Clear grammar points put into context using examples from a range of Japanese media
  • Inclusive coverage of both colloquial and standard Japanese
  • Extensive cross-referencing in all parts of the book
  • A detailed index of Japanese and English terms

Written by experts in this field, Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar will be an essential reference source for the learner and user of Japanese at all levels.


'The approach taken in this book is data-driven, and the breadth of the structure patterns found in the data is quite remarkable. Moreover, as mentioned in the preface, the data revealed some gaps between the pedagogical or prescriptive grammar and the actual use of the language … There is no doubt that the authenticity and the richness of the examples make this book a fine addition to the existing list of books on Japanese grammar.' - Linguist List, September 2001

'… this reference grammar comes into its own as an extremely valuable and usable source of information, complementing many textbooks, and filling the gaps which they unavoidably leave.' - Forum for Modern Language

'Japanese: a comprehensive grammar will certainly be appearing on my new reading lists. - Royal Asiatic Society

About the Series

Routledge Comprehensive Grammars

Comprehensive Grammars are clear guides to the entire grammar system of each language. They are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners and a must for every language reference library.

All Comprehensive Grammars are available as inspection copies.

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