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Thu Mar 18 2004

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Tanaka

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  1. paul, Gender, Language and Culture: Tanaka

Message 1: Gender, Language and Culture: Tanaka

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:05:15 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Gender, Language and Culture: Tanaka

Title: Gender, Language and Culture
Subtitle: A study of Japanese television interview discourse
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 69

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Author: Lidia Tanaka, La Trobe University

Hardback: ISBN: 902723079X, Pages: xvii, 233 pp.
	 Price: Europe EURO 95.00


This book analyzes the relationship between gender, age and role in
Japanese television interviews. It covers a wide range of topics on
Japanese communication; cultural and gender variables are interwoven
in the interpretation of the findings. The study shows how
participants interact through language and how they project their
identities in the context of the interview. Based on a qualitative
analysis, speech in mixed and same gender interactions is analysed,
turntaking, terms of address and aizuchi (listener's responses) are
examined. The findings reveal interesting characteristics of
all-female interactions, such as the influence of age that appears to
be more important than gender; an observation that has repercussions
in the study of gender and language differences in modern Japan. This
book is an interdisciplinary study that integrates notions of
politeness and theories of gender and language, and will be of
interest to people researching Japanese culture and communication,
gender studies and institutional language.

Table of contents

List of abbreviations and conventions xi 
List of data transcription conventions xii 
Romanization of Japanese: Hepburn System xiii 
List of tables xv 
List of figures xvi 
Acknowledgments xvii 
1. Introduction 1--31 
2. The television interview genre 33--55 
3. Turntaking 57--98 
4. Gender, age and status differences in the interview 99--135
5. Aizuchi in the interview 137--173 
6. Aizuchi tokens and asymmetry 175--200 
7. Conclusion 201--205 
References 207 
Appendices 221 
Index 223

Lingfield(s):	Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s):	Japanese (Language code: JPN)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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