De Gruyter has signed a partnership agreement with the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) in Tokyo.
The first joint project is the publication of the Japanese Language and Linguistics handbook series, which will comprise 12 volumes. The handbooks are written and edited by renowned linguists in Japan and across the world, including Masayoshi Shibatani, professor of linguis-tics at Rice University in Houston, and Taro Kageyama, the director of the NINJAL. In addition to Japanese, the volumes in the series will cover the Ryukyuan languages, Ainu, and Japa-nese sign language. The handbooks will be offered in print and online versions.
"We're extremely pleased by this partnership. The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics is a first-class partner for excellence in linguistics," says Uri Tadmor, the Edi-torial Director for De Gruyter Mouton. “The international reach of the Mouton imprint, which is one of the world's leading names in linguistics publishing, led NINJAL to select De Gruyter as a publication partner."
This partnership means the further strengthening of De Gruyter's publishing engagement in the Asian-Pacific region.