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The Phonology of Japanese

Laurence Labrune


This book offers a comprehensive overview of the phonology of Japanese, based on Japanese and Western materials and the author’s original research. It provides a rich source of materials and critical discussion of some current problems, reviewing previously published analyses and proposing solutions. Focussing on modern standard (Tôkyô) Japanese, with occasional excurses into major dialectical variations and historical backgrounds, the book offers both a critical synthesis of Japanese phonology and new analyses on some of its central features. Starting with the vowel inventory, the phonology o ... More

Keywords: Japanese, phonology, morpho-phonemics, vowel inventory, high vowel devoicing, insertion, elision, prosodic lengthening, prosodic shortening, diphthongs, mora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Labrune, author
Deputy Director of the ERSS at the University of Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne