In the main chapter, we look into the characteristics of the Japanese language through everyday phrases like this, which can often be seen on social media.
What kind of language is Japanese? We wanted to create a book that gives a thorough explanation for people who are not familiar with the language.
The book was co-written by university language researchers (PhD holders) who study the languages of the world, who specialize in topics such as what are the common characteristics among languages and what are their ‘individual characteristics’ (it is a field of Linguistics called Linguistic Typology). It was essential for the book to be written by researchers studying the Japanese language as one of many languages in the world, instead of Japanese language specialists.
We also asked Japanese language teachers with a long history of teaching English speakers, to write about different learning methods. The book is filled with rich information on the ways of studying Japanese by making use of internet resources, a new approach towards studying Japanese in this digital era, and the Japanese input on keyboard and smartphone, together with many useful website links.
If you happen to come in contact with the Japanese culture and become interested in the Japanese language too, we recommend you read this book. You can get to know about the characteristics, history and evolution, writing and sounds, and even the internet slang of Japanese. This book should be interesting, even if you do not intend to study Japanese.
This book is available in English and Japanese. It is an interesting book which gives a fresh perspective for native speakers as well. Those of you with advanced language skills, challenge yourself to read it in Japanese too.
* Japanese is used in some parts. In most cases, the image will be correctly displayed, but it may have visualizing problems if you are using a hardware which is not compatible with Japanese characters. In such cases, please install a Japanese font to try to see if it can be correctly displayed. Below are some free Japanese fonts which have high readability rates.
中川奈津子 Natsuko Nakagawa Ph.D.
PhD in Human and Environmental Studies,Kyoto-University
The University at Buffalo, Doshisha-Uni, Kyoto-Uni, Aomori-uni, Chiba-university
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
寺崎知之 Tomoyuki Terasaki Ph.D.
PhD in Linguistic Science (Human and Environmental Studies)
Center for Japanese Language and Culture of Doshisha University