Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar
Routledge – 2000 – 656 pages
Series: Routledge Comprehensive Grammars
Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to modern Japanese grammar. It explores the complexities of the language thoroughly, filling many gaps left by previous textbooks.
Clear grammar points are put in context by examples from a range of Japanese media. The emphasis is firmly on contemporary Japanese as spoken and written by native speakers.
Features of the book include:
* coverage of colloquial and standard Japanese
* clear alphabetical organization
* extensive cross-referencing
* detailed index of Japanese and English terms
Written by experts in their fields, this will prove a lasting and reliable resource for all learners of Japanese.
'The approach taken in this book is data-driven, and the breadth of the structure patterns found in the data is quite remarkable. Moreover, as mentioned in the preface, the data revealed some gaps between the pedagogical or prescriptive grammar and the actual use of the language … There is no doubt that the authenticity and the richness of the examples make this book a fine addition to the existing list of books on Japanese grammar.' - Linguist List, September 2001
'… this reference grammar comes into its own as an extremely valuable and usable source of information, complementing many textbooks, and filling the gaps which they unavoidably leave.' - Forum for Modern Language
'Japanese: a comprehensive grammar will certainly be appearing on my new reading lists. - Royal Asiatic Society