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Sequential Voicing in Japanese : Papers from the NINJAL Rendaku Project (Hardcover)
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The papers in this tightly focused collection all report recent research on aspects of rendaku (‘sequential voicing’), the well-known morphophonemic phenomenon in Japanese that affects initial consonants of non-initial elements in complex words (mostly compounds). The papers include broad surveys of theoretical analyses and of psycholinguistic studies, meticulous assessments (some relying on a new database) of many of the factors that putatively inhibit or promoterendaku, an investigation of how learners of Japanese as foreign language deal withrendaku, in-depth examinations of rendaku in a divergent dialect of Japanese and in a Ryukyuan language, and a cross-linguistic exploration ofrendaku-like compound markers in unrelated languages. Since rendaku is ubiquitous but recalcitrantly irregular, it provides a challenge for any general theory of morphophonology. This collection should serve both to restrain oversimpli?ed accounts of rendaku and to inspire to further research.
Number of Pages: 279
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series
Publisher: John Benjamins Pub Co
Street Date: June 14, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-5344
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