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Intro to Japanese language/linguistics

Hasegawa, Y. (2015). Japanese: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge University Press. [JAPN/LNGT210 textbook]

  • Our main textbook. Detailed introduction on the structure and usage of Japanese. Suitable for undergraduate、 graduate students and researchers.)

Cipriš, Ž., H, S., & Hamano, S. (2002). Making Sense of Japanese Grammar: A clear guide through common problems. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

  • A concise and practical intro to Japanese.

Iwasaki, S. (2013). Japanese (Rev., Vol. 17). Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ACCESS. 9

  • A comprehensive introduction on the sound system, words, grammar rules and discourse. This books goes in depth into discourse and pragmatics, which explain complex grammatical phenomena.)

Shibatani,M. (1990). The Languages of Japan. Cambridge.

  • A classic must-read intro to the languages of Japan, including Ainu. Gives us insights into what Japanese is like from a cross-linguistic perspective. Suitable for undergraduate, graduate students and researchers–including readers with no background in Japanese.)

Maynard, S. K. (1997). Japanese Communication: Language and Thought in Context. University of Hawaii Press.

Tsujimura, N. (2013). Introduction to Japanese Linguistics. Wiley-Blackawell.

  • Provides a solid understanding of Japanese structure and linguistic rules. Has good exercises, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, and more.

Yamaguchi, T. (2007a). Japanese Linguistics: An introduction. Continuum.

  • Accessible to non-linguists and relatable to Japanese learners. Contains many authentic examples [such as manga and novel excerpts]  and exercises. Uses kana and kanji for examples.

Yamaguchi, T. (2007b). Japanese Language in Use. Continuum.

  • Focuses on pragmatics [study of meaning in context] and discourse. The format and organization are similar to Yamaguchi [2007a].

References on other languages

Comrie, B. (2018). The World’s Major Languages. London: Routledge. (Checkout various chapters for various languages.)

East AsiaGoddard, C. (2005). The languages of East and Southeast Asia: an introduction. Oxford, N.Y: Oxford University Press. ACCESS

Kadar, D. and Mills, S. (eds.) 2011. Politeness in East Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [East Asia] 

Korean linguistics

Shin, J., Kiaer, J., & Cha, J. (2012). The Sounds of Korean. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sohn, Ha. (1999). The Korean Language. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chinese linguistics

Li, C. and Thompson, S. A. Mandarin Chinese: A functional reference grammar. University of California Press.

Norman, J. (1988). Chinese. Cambridge University Press.