Traditionally, linguistic research has focused on the Indo-European language family - particularly English - and languages like Japanese and Chinese have not been pursued in theoretical developments. However, once scholars started to pay more attention to Japanese, its similarities to and differences from Indo-European languages not only revealed a great deal of typological variation, but also helped to provide a more accurate picture of the fundamental properties of human language.
For the past four decades, linguistic research on the Japanese language has made remarkable progress, contributing to the intellectual and scientific exploration of the linguistic and cognitive sciences, synchronic and diachronic sociocultural developments, and to the humanities more generally.
This three-volume collection, compiled of published articles that are considered seminal in the development of Japanese linguistic research, represents a variety of formal and functional approaches to a broad range of areas of linguistics. The collection also includes articles from journals and chapters taken from monographs and edited volumes.
Volume I: phonology and morphology
1. Beckman, M. (1986) "Segmental duration and the ‘mora’ in Japanese," Phonetica 39, 113-35.
2. Ito, J. and A. Mester (1986) "The phonology of voicing in Japanese: theoretical consequences for morphological accessibility," Linguistic Inquiry 17, 49-73.
3. Kubozono, H. (1989) "The mora and syllable structure in Japanese: evidence from speech errors," Language and Speech, 32:3, 249-78.
4. Mester, A. and J. Ito (1989) "Feature predictability and underspecification: palatal prosody in Japanese mimetics," Language 65, 258-93.
5. Haraguchi, S. (1991) A Theory of Stress and Accent, Foris. [Introduction and Chapter 1, 1-27.]
6. Poser, W. (1990) "Evidence for foot structure in Japanese," Language 66, 78-105.
7. Ito, J. and A. Mester (1995) "Japanese phonology," in Goldsmith (ed.) The Handbook of Phonological Theory, Blackwell, 817-836.
8. Ota, M. (1998) "Minimality constraints and the prosodic structure of child Japanese," Japanese/Korean Linguistics 8, 331-344.
9. Uehara, S. (1998) Syntactic Categories in Japanese: A Cognitive and Typological Introduction, Kurosio. [Chapter 2: Formal aspects of categories in Japanese, 33-95.]
10. Sells, P. (1995) "Korean and Japanese morphology from a lexical perspective," Linguistic Inquiry 26.2, 277-325.
11. Hamano, S. (1998) The Sound-Symbolic System of Japanese, CSLI. [Chapter 2: An overview of the sound-symbolic system, 11-43.]
12. Sugioka, Y. (1986) Interaction of Derivational Morphology and Syntax in Japanese and English, Garland. [Chapter 4: Phrasal suffixes I, 153-189.]
13. Shibatani, M. and T. Kageyama (1988) "Word formation in a modular theory of grammar: postsyntactic compounds in Japanese," Language 64, 451-84.
14. Kageyama, T. (1999) "Word formation," in Tsujimura, N. (ed.) The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, Blackwell, 297-325.
15. Hagiwara, H., T. Ito, Y. Sugioka, M. Kawamura, and J. Shiota (1999) "Neurolinguistic evidence for rule-based nominal suffixation," Language 75, 739-763.
Volume II: syntax and semantics
16. Saito, M. and H. Hoji (1983) "Weak crossover and move alpha in Japanese," Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 1, 245-59.
17. Saito, M. (1992) "Long distance scrambling in Japanese," Journal of East Asian Linguistics 1.1 69-118.
18. Hoshi, H. (1999) "Passives," in Tsujimura, N. (ed.) The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, Blackwell, 191-235.
19. Miyagawa, S. (1999) "Causatives," in Tsujimura, N. (ed.) The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, Blackwell, 236-268.
20. Katada, F. (1991) "The LF representation of anaphors," Linguistic Inquiry 22, 287-314.
21. Grimshaw, J. and A. Mester (1988) "Light verbs and theta-marking," Linguistic Inquiry 19, 181-205.
22. Kuno, S. (1976) "Subject Raising," Shibatani, M. (ed.) Syntax and Semantics Vol. 5 Japanese Generative Grammar, Academic Press, 17-49.
23. Miyagawa, S. (1989) Structure and Case Marking in Japanese, Academic Press. Chapter 2: Numeral quantifiers and thematic relations, 19-83.
24. Fiengo, R., and W. McClure (2002) "On how to use –wa," Journal of East Asian Linguistics 11, 5-41.
25. Soga, M. (1983) Tense and Aspect in Modern Colloquial Japanese, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. [Chapter 2: Tense forms and their reference, 36-85]
26. Ogihara, T. (1998) "The ambiguity of the –te iru form in Japanese," Journal of East Asian Linguistics 7.2, 87-120.
27. Fukushima, K. (1993) "Model theoretic semantics for Japanese floating quantifiers and their scope properties," Journal of East Asian Linguistics 2.3, 213-228
Volume III: pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and language contact
28. Hibiya, J. (1995) "The velar nasal in Tokyo Japanese: a case of diffusion from above," Language Variation and Change 7, 139-52.
29. Loveday, L. (1986) Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics, John Benjamins. [Chapter 3: Speaking of giving: the pragmatics of Japanese donatory verbs, 58-78.]
30. Kamio, A. (1994) "The theory of territory of information: the case of Japanese," Journal of Pragmatics 21, 67-100.
31. Iwasaki, S. (1993) Subjectivity in Grammar and Discourse, John Benjamins. [Chapter 4: Speaker perspective and switch reference, 57-77.]
32. Okamoto, S. (1997) "Social context, linguistic ideology, and indexical expressions in Japanese," Journal of Pragmatics 28, 795-817.
33. Matsumoto, Y. (1990) "Role of pragmatics in Japanese relative clauses," Lingua 82, 111-129.
34. Maynard, S. (1987) "Thematization as a staging device in the Japanese narrative," in Hinds, J., S. Maynard, and S. Iwasaki (eds.) Perspective on Topicalization: The Case of Japanese wa, John Benjamins, 57-82.
35. Akatsuka, N. (1997) "On the co-construction of counterfactual reasoning," Journal of Pragmatics 28, 781-794.
36. Shibamoto, J. (1985) Japanese Women’s Language, Academic Press. [Chapter 2: Women’s speech in Japan, 29-67.]
37. McGloin, N.H. (1990) "Sex difference and sentence-final particles," in Ide, S. and N.H. McGloin (eds.) Aspects of Japanese Women’s Language, Kurosio, 23-41.
38. Loveday, L. (1996) Language Contact in Japan, Oxford. [Chapter 5: Japanizing and westernizing patterns, 114-156.]
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