Date: 07-Oct-2009 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: A Semiotactic Approach to Modern Japanese: Geerdink-Verkoren E-mail this message to a friend
Title: A Semiotactic Approach to Modern Japanese
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Japanese Linguistics 04
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895865336 Pages: 350 Price: Europe EURO 78.00
This book is a rewritten version of the PhD thesis with the same title, presented in May 2008 at Leiden University. In this work the syntax and semantics of Modern Japanese are analyzed while applying the semiotactic theory of C.L. Ebeling. In the first chapter of this work a brief summary is given of Ebeling's theory and methodology, followed by a summary of the basic characteristics of the Japanese language. In the next chapter various issues that came up when applying this theory to Japanese are discussed and Japanese adjectives and adverbs are analyzed.
The following chapters are devoted to analyzing the particles, classifying them by their functions. In the last three chapters various verbal and nominal constructions are described, such as the passive, potential and causative, as well as verb combinations with the -te form, including -te iru and -te aru, and nominalizations with koto and no. Finally, one complete literary text, a short story by Natsume Soseki, is analyzed. The semiotactic analyses in this book clearly demonstrate that there are no indirect objects in Japanese, that the traditional definitions for transitivity do not apply, and that all noun phrases marked by nominative ga should be analyzed as subjects, even when there are two or more particles ga in one sentence.