Linguistic Theory and the Japanese Language

A parse tree made up of nodes and branches.
A linguistic tree. (Courtesy of Mark Knauf and Etsuyo Yuasa, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), Ohio State University.)


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Fall 2004



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This course is a detailed examination of the grammar of Japanese and its structure which is significantly different from English, with special emphasis on problems of interest in the study of linguistic universals. Data from a broad group of languages is studied for comparison with Japanese. This course assumes familiarity with linguistic theory.

Shigeru Miyagawa. 24.946 Linguistic Theory and the Japanese Language, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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