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Modality and Its Learner Variety in Japanese

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Razaul Faquire

In this book modality and its learner variety in Japanese are investigated from the perspective of grammaticalization in the functional framework. It describes the grammatical system of modality in Japanese in terms of the form-function relationship within the scope of a framework based on the European school of modality. Accordingly, it deals with the modal system and its constituents in Japanese, accommodating all the grammatical means of modariti (modality) in the Nihongo bunpou (Japanese grammar system). This study also casts light on the learner variety of modality, which is comprised of two core systems, epistemic and deontic, both of which are evident at the utterance level and the morphosyntactic level. The learner variety of modality elucidated here is presented as a proto-modality, which is viewed as a system in its own right rather than as an improvised or distorted version of the native modal system in Japanese.

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Acknowledgements This book is based on my doctoral research and subsequent investigations into the linguistic concept of modality. I originally undertook a research program on modality as a doctoral researcher at the Hyogo University of Teacher Education in Japan in 1999 with the view to exploring the acquisition of modality in L2 Japanese from the perspective of grammaticalization. Although I found the topic interest- ing even then, I could not make any breakthroughs at that time because of the intricacy of the topic. I continued the study upon returning to my own workplace, the University of Dhaka, and after several years I compiled my work into a dissertation entitled A Study on the Learner Variety of Modal- ity in Japanese from the Perspective of Grammaticalization. I have received a PhD from the University of Dhaka for this work. The experience that I gathered in conducting doctoral research on the theme of the learner variety of modality in Japanese has been helpful in subsequent research undertakings. I highlighted one of the outcomes of my work in a conference paper, Learner Variety of Modality in the Emer- gent Interlanguage of Japanese. I was a recipient of the AILA Solidarity Award and presented the paper at the 15th World Congress of International Applied Linguistic Association held in Essen, Germany in 2008, where I came to know about Peter Lang from Professor Bernt Ahrenholz. This book ref lects a further two years of research and writing beyond my doctoral dis- sertation. To my knowledge,...

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