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Title: Linguistic Emotivity
Subtitle: Centrality of place, the topic-comment dynamic, and an ideology of pathos in Japanese discourse
Written By: Senko K. Maynard
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 97

Linguistic Emotivity explores expressive and emotive meanings in Japanese from the perspective of the Place of Negotiation theory. The Place of Negotiation theory provides a framework for understanding how linguistic signs function in the place of communication (in cognitive, emotive, and interactional places). The theory finds the indexicality of a sign fundamental and views meanings as being negotiated among interactants who share not only information but, more significantly, feelings.
Using analytical tools recognized in conversation and discourse analyses, the book analyzes emotive topics (vocatives, emotive nominals, quotative topics, etc.) and emotive comments (da and ja-nai, interrogatives, stylistic shifts, etc.) in contemporary Japanese discourse. It argues for the importance of emotivity in Japanese, in the context of the Japanese culture of pathos. Linguistic Emotivity challenges the traditional view of language that privileges logos, form, information, and abstraction, and instead, it proposes a philosophical shift toward pathos, expression, emotion, and linguistic event/action.

Table of Contents

Preface and ackowledgments xi
Part 1: Preliminaries
1. Introduction 3
2. Background 21
Part 2: Theory
3. The Place of Negotiation theory 53
4. The (re-)turn to place 73
5. Locating and interpreting emotive meanings 85
6. Topic•comment, futaku, and the Rhetoric of Pathos 101
Part 3: Emotive topics
7. Vocatives and topics 123
8. Emotive nominals 149
9. uotative topics 165
10. Emotive nan(i) ‘what’ 191
Part 4: Emotive comments
11. Da and ja-nai as commentary strategies 217
12. Interrogatives as emotive comments 247
13. Commenting through stylistic shifts 277
Part 5: Pathos in Japanese discourse
14. Analyzing expressions of pathos in Oda Nobunaga 307
15. Rhetoric of Pathos in Mini-Jihyoo newspaper articles 337
16. Playing with pathos 357
Part 6: Reflections
17. Linguistic emotivity and the culture of pathos 393
18. Language, linguistic theory, and ideology 409
Appendix: Information on select data 419
Notes 423
References 435
Data references 460
Author index 465
Subject index 469

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Language Family(ies): Altaic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027251177
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 481 pp.
Prices: EUR 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112020
ISBN-13: 9781588112026
Pages: xiv, 481 pp.
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