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Modern Japanese Grammar
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9780415572019
Published October 31, 2013 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide is an innovative reference guide to Japanese, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers traditional grammatical categories such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, particles, topic, honorifics, etc. Part B is carefully organised around language functions covering all major communication situations such as:

  • Initiating and ending a conversation
  • Seeking and giving factual information
  • Expressing gratitude, likes and dislikes
  • Making requests and asking for permission and advice

With a strong emphasis on contemporary usage, all grammar points and functions are richly illustrated throughout with examples written both in Romanization and Japanese script (a mixture of hiragana, katakana, and kanji.)

Main features of the Grammar include:

  • Clear, succinct and jargon-free explanations
  • Extensive cross-referencing between the different sections
  • Emphasis on areas of particular difficulty for learners of Japanese

Both as a reference grammar and as a practical usage manual, Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide is the ideal resource for learners of Japanese at all levels, from beginner to intermediate and advanced students. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology or Japanese script is required and a glossary of grammatical terms is provided.

This Grammar is accompanied by the Modern Japanese Grammar Workbook (ISBN 978-0-415-27093-9) which features related exercises and activities.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acknowledgements. Glossary of grammatical terms. Abbreviations. Part A: Structures 1. Introduction 2. Pronunciation 3. Writing system 4. Words 5. Sentences and sentence patterns 6. Register and style 7. Nouns and noun phrases 8. Pronouns 9. Demonstratives 10. Particles 11. Topic Marker WA 12. Verbs 13. Adjectives 14. Adverbs 15. Negation 16. Numbers and classifiers 17. Compounds 18. Formal nouns 19. Auxiliary verbs 20. The causative construction 21. The passive construction 22. Conjunctions and connectives 23. Temporal Clauses 24. Conditional Clauses 25. Relative (noun modifying) clauses 26. Complement clauses 27. Tense and aspect 28. Evidential markers 29. Honorifics Part B: Functions I. Social constructs and communication strategies 30. Social contacts 31. Basic communication strategies II. Giving and seeking information 32. Questions 33. Reporting 34. Asking and giving personal information 35. Identifying 36. Telling time, date, etc 37. Describing people, places, state and condition 38. Comparisons 39. Contrast 40. Location and distance 41. Possession 42. Gift 43. Kind acts 44. Experience 45. Intentions and plans 46. Temporal relations 47. Explanations, Reason and purpose 48. Causes and effect 49. Describing Procedures 50. Changes 51. Expressing Abilities 52. Needs 53. Possibility and probability 54. Certainty and uncertainty 55. Provisions, conditions and hypotheses 56. Understanding and knowing 57. Remembering and forgetting III. Expressing emotions and sensations 58. General comments on adjectives of emotions and sensations 59. Gratitude 60. Apology and forgiveness 61. Apology and forgiveness 61. Empathy 62. Likes and dislikes 63. Desires and preferences 64. Hope and wishes 65. Joy and sorrow 66. Fear or worry 67. Distress and regret 68. Surprise 69. Hunger, thirst and fatigue 70. Pain or discomfort 71. Satisfaction and dissatisfaction IV. Speaking as performing acts 72. Advice and suggestions 73. Requests 74. Offer or invitation 75. Orders (command) 76. Directions and instructions 77. Confirmation 78. Permission 79. Prohibition 80. Obligation and duty 81. Complaint 82. Compliment 83. Promise and warning 84. Opinion 85. Agreement, disagreement and indifference 86. Choosing and deciding 87. Shopping 8. Ordering 89. Reservation Appendices 1. Kiragana charts 2. Katakana charts 3. Verb: Basic conjugatrions 4. Copula and Adjective: Basic conjugations. References. Index of topics. Index of Japanese words

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Naomi H. McGloin is Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mutsuko Endo Hudson is Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics at Michigan State University, USA
Fumiko Nazikian is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Japanese Language Program at Columbia University, USA
Tomomi Kakegawa is Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA


"This is a very excellent and comprehensive book on modern Japanese language. It covers almost all the fields of modern Japanese language and it will surely be one of the best guide books on Japanese written in English… This book will be useful for those who are involved in linguistics (Asian languages or Typology), and for those who are interested in the linguistic attitudes or customs of Japanese language, people and society." Naoko Maeda, Gakushuin University, Japan