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Title: Japanese Discourse Markers
Subtitle: Synchronic and diachronic discourse analysis
Written By: Noriko O. Onodera
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 132

This book is one of the pioneering historical pragmatic studies of
Japanese. It closely illustrates the usage and contributions of some
Japanese discourse markers, and reveals their developmental history. The
section on Synchronic Analysis explores the previously uninvestigated
functions of some discourse markers used in Present Day Japanese. Moment by
moment in on-going conversations, where culturally rigidly-defined
interactional norms are highly valued, a specific marker is chosen and used
by the speakers as their strategy, based on their quite subjective
judgment. The section on Diachronic Analysis then demonstrates
chronologically how the meanings and forms of the same markers have come
into being. Results include some noticeable changes related to the
strengthened intersubjectivity. This multi-dimensional study also discusses
the relevance of findings to typological characteristics and productivity.
Consideration is further given to why certain expressions (rather than
others) become discourse markers and independent forms in Japanese.

Table of contents


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1. Introduction 1–29

2. Perspectives on Pragmatics of Japanese Discourse Markers: Synchronic and
diachronic discourse analysis 31–56

3. Functions of the Conjunctions demo and dakedo in Present Day Japanese
(synchronic analysis) 57–84

4. Pragmaticalization of demo and dakedo (diachronic analysis) 85–121

5. Functions of Interjections ne and na in Present Day Japanese (synchronic
analysis) 123–155

6. Pragmaticalization of ne and na (diachronic analysis) 157–195

7. Conclusion 197–218

Notes 219–226

References 227–240

Name Index 241–243

Subject Index 245–251

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116077
ISBN-13: 9781588116079
Pages: xiv, 253 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253757
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Pages: xiv, 253 pp.
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