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Title: Grammar in Use across Time and Space
Subtitle: Deconstructing the Japanese ‘dative subject’ construction
Written By: Misumi Sadler
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiDaG%2020
Series Title: Studies in Discourse and Grammar 20
Description:

This monograph contains the first systematic investigation of the Japanese
'dative subject' construction across time and space. It demonstrates that,
in order to capture what speakers/writers know about how to put an
utterance or a clause together, it is necessary to pay attention to what
they do in actual language use and in different discourse types. The work
also shows the importance of diachronic perspectives to help us better
understand the ways in which a particular grammatical structure is
represented synchronically. By utilizing modern Japanese conversation,
contemporary Japanese novels, and a pre-modern and modern Japanese
literature corpus, the study highlights the role of 'dative subjects' at
the semantic and discourse-pragmatic levels. Specifically, it demonstrates
that what has been considered to be a most 'grammatical' aspect of Japanese
actually turns out to be rather pragmatically oriented.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Pragmatics
Semantics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722630X
ISBN-13: 9789027226303
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
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