Together with Part 1 of the same grammar (
Sources, Script and Phonology, Lexicon and Nominals), this two-volume set represents the most detailed and exhaustive description ever done of any language, including Japanese of the Old Japanese language of the Yamato region during the Asuka Nara period. It presents hundreds of examples drawn not only from the major Old Japanese texts such as the
Kojiki kayo and the
Nihonshoki kayo but also from all minor extant texts such as the
Fudoky kayo, the
Bussoku seki ka, and others. It also includes comparative material from Eastern Old Japanese once spoken in the area roughly corresponding to present-day southern Chubu and Kanto regions, as well as from Ryukyuan and occasionally from other surrounding languages. Part 2 is accompanied by exhaustive and cumulative indexes to both volumes, including separate indexes on all grammatical forms described, linguistic forms, personal names, as well as an index of all Old Japanese texts that are used as examples in the description.
Alexander Vovin, Professor of East Asian Languages at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, has published extensively on Japanese, Ainu, Korean and Tungusic, as well as other languages of East and Inner Asia. Among his major works are
A Reconstruction of Proto-Ainu (Brill, 1993),
A Reference Grammar of Classical Japanese Prose (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and
Nihongo Keitoron no Genzai/Perspectives on the Origins of the Japanese Language (co-edited with Osada Toshiki, the International Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, 2003).
Table of contents
List of Charts; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Preface; Revised Manyogana Chart; Important Note on Western Old Japanese; Phonology; Second person Pronoun Ore; 5 Adjectives; 6 Verbs; 7 Adverbs; 8 Conjunctions; 9 Particles; 10 Postpositions; Bibliography; Index of Personal Names; Index of Terms; Index of Examples from Texts; Index of Forms and Constructions