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Title: Ga: Japanese Conjunction
Subtitle: Its Functions and Sociolinguistic Implications
Written By: Tatsuya Fukushima
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 63
Description:

This book presents results of the historical, pragmatic, and variation
analyses of the Japanese conjunction ga "but; however" in an attempt to
identify its functions as well as to reveal their situational and
sociocultural implications. The historical analysis finds that ga, which
initially functioned as a nominative case marker for a nominalized clause,
developed the conjunctive function as a result of its occurrences in
increasingly complex sentence patterns. The pragmatic analysis identifies
five functional categories of ga based on data from a popular live TV talk
show.

Additionally, the first variation analysis employs data from newspaper
articles, public speeches by prominent elected officials, and message
boards on the World Wide Web, and reveals a number of situational and
sociocultural characteristics of ga occurrences. Furthermore, the second
variation analysis compares ga occurrences in press conferences with three
Japanese prime ministers and finds their relevance to premiers' attempts in
varying degrees to craft a party-friendly image at home and to demonstrate
their "true colors" abroad. The conclusion of this book discusses the role
of the ga historical development in its common functional feature in Modern
Japanese and evaluates the relationship between ga occurrence patterns and
characteristics of Japanese language, people, and culture.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895863211
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320
Prices: Europe EURO 68.00