List of maps; Preface; List of abbreviations used in glosses; Part I. The Ainu Language: 1. Introduction; 2. Sound structure; 3. Grammatical structure; Part II. The Japanese Language: 4. Introduction; 5. Genetic affiliation; 6. History; 7. Lexicon; 8. Phonology; 9. Dialects; 10. Word formation; 11. Grammatical structure; 12. Epilogue; References; Index.
This book is a detailed survey of the two main indigenous languages of Japan, Japanese and Ainu.
"Shibatani's wide-ranging survey of Japanese is replete with intriguing ideas...it is a significant and timely contribution to the literature from a productive and influential scholar." Linguistic Anthropology "This combination of breadth and boldness makes for instructive and engaging reading, all in an accessible style which promises to make this work a staple on reading lists in future courses on the history and structure of the Japanese language." Wesley M. Jacobsen, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese