Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation by Taro Kageyama, Hideki Kishimoto

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This quantity offers a finished survey of the lexicon and note formation methods in modern eastern, with specific emphasis on their typologically attribute gains and their interactions with syntax and semantics. via contacts with quite a few languages over greater than thousand years of heritage, jap has built a posh vocabulary method that's composed of 4 lexical strata: (i) local jap, (ii) mimetic, (iii) Sino-Japanese, and (iv) overseas (especially English). This hybrid composition of the lexicon, coupled with the agglutinative personality of the language during which morphology is heavily linked to syntax, offers upward thrust to theoretically interesting interactions with observe formation strategies that aren't simply stumbled on with inflectional, isolate, or polysynthetic forms of languages.

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The lexicon is composed of a dictionary component that contains all the lexical information traditionally associated with words and morphemes, including morphological, phonological, semantic, syntactic, and stylistic properties, and word formation rules that create new words based on the stored word and morpheme information. Studies on the Japanese lexicon can be divided broadly into descriptive or philological studies, an extension of the Japanese Kokugogaku studies tradition, and theoretical research from a generative grammar and cognitive linguistics background.

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