- 鳴門教育大学研究紀要 = Research bulletin of Naruto University of Education (ISSN:18807194)
- vol.32, pp.333-347, 2017-03-10
This paper firstly reviews Japanese language reference books published in recent years from the perspective of whether they are sufficient for learners to use Japanese verbs effectively. In Japanese a verb changes its meaning depending on what types of nouns serve as its arguments and what particle those arguments take. It thus follows that a viable reference book must introduce each meaning associated with a given verb together with the information of the types of arguments it takes and the particles accompanying those arguments. The example sentences for a given verb having a given meaning must also illustrate its arguments and their accompanying particles clearly. We demonstrate that while recent Japanese language reference books are useful in a number of ways, none of them meet these criteria sufficiently ; hence, we still await a reference book that enable learners to use Japanese verbs effectively. The second part of the paper introduces our ongoing project, which aims to produce a Japanese verbs reference book meeting these criteria. Our proposed reference book targets Japanese language learners who understand English, and incorporate English explanations creatively to achieve the goal.