Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese
language from its recorded beginnings until the present day as
reflected by the written sources and historical record. Beginning
with a description of the oldest attested stage of the language,
Old Japanese (approximately the eighth century AD), and then
tracing the changes which occurred through the Early Middle
Japanese (800 1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200 1600) and the
Modern Japanese (1600 onwards) periods, a complete internal history
of the language is examined and discussed. This account provides a
comprehensive study of how the Japanese language has developed and
adapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History
of the Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in
the Japanese language and also students of language change
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