In this book modality and its learner variety in Japanese are investigated from
the perspective of grammaticalization in the functional framework. It
describes the grammatical system of modality in Japanese in terms of the
form-function relationship within the scope of a framework based on the
European school of modality. Accordingly, it deals with the modal system
and its constituents in Japanese, accommodating all the grammatical means
of modariti (modality) in the Nihongo bunpou (Japanese grammar system).
This study also casts light on the learner variety of modality, which is
comprised of two core systems, epistemic and deontic, both of which are
evident at the utterance level and the morphosyntactic level. The learner
variety of modality elucidated here is presented as a proto-modality, which is
viewed as a system in its own right rather than as an improvised or distorted
version of the native modal system in Japanese.
Contents: Functional linguistic approach - Notion of modality - Various
formulations of modality in linguistics - Modality as a grammatical category -
Crosscurrent trend of modality study in Nihongo bunpou (Japanese grammar)
- Grammatical system of modality in Japanese from the perspective of
synchronic grammaticalisation - Second language acquisition theories -
Functional linguistic approach - Concept of learner variety - Process of
grammaticalisation - Shape of modal system in the emergent interlanguage of
Japanese - Learner variety of modality in Japanese.
A.B.M. Razaul Karim Faquire was awarded his PhD by the University of
Dhaka. He is an Associate Professor of Japanese at the Institute of Modern
Languages, University of Dhaka. His research interests include general
linguistics, language contact and language acquisition.