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LINGUIST List 18.1241

Tue Apr 24 2007

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Iwashita

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Being Affected: Iwashita


Message 1: Being Affected: Iwashita
Date: 23-Apr-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Being Affected: Iwashita


Title: Being Affected
Subtitle: The meanings and functions of Japanese passive constructions
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 71
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Mami Iwashita
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895867682 Pages: 255 Price: Europe EURO 78.00
Abstract:

Amongst the multiple and diverse meanings and functions passive
constructions hold, this study shows that the primary function of passives
in Japanese is to portray an event from the point of view of an affected
entity. It identifies three types of affectedness in Japanese passive
constructions: emotive affectedness, direct/physical affectedness, and
objective affectedness.

A key contribution of this study is to reveal how Japanese passives are
actually used in real contexts. In order to achieve this, detailed
examination of authentic written and spoken data is conducted. Some
findings of this data analysis contradict previous claims, such as the
finding of a large proportion of passives with a non-sentient subject, the
very low frequency of indirect passives and the appearance of a
considerable number of passives in a proposition with a neutral or positive
meaning.

Many previous researchers have claimed a complete and apparently
transparent correlation between the syntactic and semantic distinctions of
the Japanese passive. However, through analysing authentic data, it becomes
evident that the correlation is much more subtle, and that is a matter of
degree or a continuum, rather than a discrete, black and white issue. To
reflect this view, this study proposes separate sets of categories for
syntactic and semantic distinctions.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng )

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