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The Phonology of Japanese$
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Laurence Labrune

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545834.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Phonology of Japanese

Laurence Labrune

Oxford University Press

This first chapter provides a general introduction to the book, presenting its aims, methods, theoretical background, the status, origins, and periodisation of the Japanese language, as well as the previous scholarship written on the subject of Japanese phonology. It also presents the writing system of modern Japanese, made of a mixture of Chinese characters, two kana syllabaries and Latin alphabet, and describes and discusses the issue of the lexicon partition into Yamato, Sino-Japanese and Western words.

Keywords:   Japanese language, periodisation, Japanese writing system, Chinese characters, two kana syllabaries, Latin, Yamato words, Sino-Japanese words, Western words

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