Chapter published in:Topics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics: Studies in honor of John B. Whitman
Edited by Kunio Nishiyama, Hideki Kishimoto and Edith Aldridge
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 250] 2018
► pp. 97–121
Autosegmental evaluative morphology in Japanese
Augmentative and diminutive mimetics
Augmentatives and diminutives have never been recognized as such in grammars of Japanese though they constitute well-recognized classes in many languages, under the rubric of evaluative morphology. This study puts forward a view that the Japanese augmentatives and diminutives are found predominantly in the mimetic vocabulary, and especially as autosegmental subphonemic morphemes, thus escaping recognitions as such, in otherwise segmental agglutinative morphology of Japanese.
Keywords: mimetics, evaluative morphology, autosegmental morphology, subphonemic morpheme, augmentative, diminutive, intensification
Published online: 12 December 2018
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