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The nature of Japanese pitch accent: An experimental study
This thesis reports on the results of production and perception experiments which investigated the nature of lexical accent in Tokyo Japanese (simply Japanese hereafter). Word prosody of Japanese is often labeled as pitch ...
The status of the mora in Japanese speech production: A developmental study
Language-specific rhythmic categories play a vital role in the processing of spoken language, which involves both speech perception and speech production. Some researchers argue that the MORA is the basic rhythmic or timing ...
Grammatical relations, reflexives and pseudo-raising in Japanese
This thesis consists of two parts. The first part is a theoretical description of grammatical relations in Japanese (Chapter 3). The second part addresses three theoretical issues of two constructions discussed in the first ...
Diachronic perspectives on personal pronouns in Japanese
This dissertation investigates the diachronic development of personal pronouns in Japanese which is known for its large pronominal inventory. Japanese pronouns come from two major sources, lexical nouns and spatial expressions ...
Space, time, subjectivity and beyond: the cognitive semantic development of the Japanese marker -te-shimau
The present study investigates several types of common diachronic meaning shifts through detailed synchronic and diachronic analyses of -te-shimau , a marker of completion, lack of agency and negativity in present-day ...
The perception of vowel quantity: A cross-linguistic investigation
This dissertation investigates the language specific versus universal nature of perceptual cues. Perceptual cues to vowel quantity were investigated in a series of cross-linguistic perception experiments with native speakers ...