347 , 2017-03-10 , 鳴門教育大学 , Naruto University of Education
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.