Perspectives on Topicalization: The case of Japanese <i>wa</i> (Typological Studies in Language)

Perspectives on Topicalization: The case of Japanese <i>wa</i> (Typological Studies in Language) by Senko K. Maynard epub pdf fb2

Title: Perspectives on Topicalization: The case of Japanese <i>wa</i> (Typological Studies in Language)
Author: Senko K. Maynard
ISBN10: 902722885X
ISBN13: 978-9027228857
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company (January 1, 1987)
Language: English
Subcategory: Humanities
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Perspectives on Topicalization: The case of Japanese <i>wa</i> (Typological Studies in Language) by Senko K. Maynard


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Within the field of Japanese linguistics, few areas have generated as much controversy as the morpheme wa; traditionally described as a marker of old or contrasted information, its function as a discourse marker has also been studied. This work aims to deepen the understanding of wa through careful examination of the particle at both sentence and discourse levels in old Japanese as well as present-day Japanese. Previous studies have concentrated on syntactic analyses of wa. The contributors to this volume challenge the old approach and uncover new properties of wa. The four topics discussed are: wa in Narrative and Expository Discourse; wa and other Syntactic Phenomena; Historical Perspectives on wa and Pragmatic Perspectives on wa.