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Fri Nov 14 2003

Books: Discourse Analysis/Syntax, Japanese: Matsumoto

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  1. paul, Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation: Matsumoto

Message 1: Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation: Matsumoto

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 09:50:06 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation: Matsumoto

Title: Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation
Subtitle: Syntactic, informational and functional structures
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 65
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Kazuko Matsumoto, Aichi University of Education 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588113647, Pages: xviii, 215 pp., Price: USD 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027230757, Pages: xviii, 215 pp., Price: EUR 95.00

This book explores how speakers of Japanese organize their messages
into coherent units as they jointly and interactively construct
conversational discourse. Specifically, it investigates the syntactic,
informational, and functional structures of intonation units (IUs) as
basic units of discourse production and information flow in spoken
communication. It addresses various research topics: clause vs. phrase
centrality, relationship between IUs and clauses, functions of
independent NPs, preferred argument/clause structure and transitivity,
interrelationship among functional components, and the role of new and
interactional information in the shaping of IU syntax. Overall, it
tries to elucidate not only the preferred IU structures that are
typical of the way Japanese speakers talk in connected discourse, but
also possible relationships between the structures and their
implications. Besides three main chapters discussing the results of
quantitative and qualitative analyses, it also includes an
introductory chapter comprehensively covering key issues in research
on information flow in spoken discourse in general. Thus the book will
be useful to all students and researchers of functional linguistics
and discourse analysis.

Table of contents

Preface xi 
Tables and Figures xiii 
Transcription conventions xv 
Abbreviations xvii 
1. Introduction 1 
2. Information flow in spoken discourse 7 
3. Method of the study 43 
4. Syntactic structure of the intonation unit in conversational
 Japanese 51
5. Information structure of the intonation unit in conversational
 Japanese 101
6. Functional structure of the intonation unit in conversational
 Japanese 141 
7. Conclusion 159 
Notes 169 
References 179 
Index 191

Lingfield(s): Discourse Analysis 

Subject Language(s): Japanese (Language code: JPN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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