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Title: Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation
Subtitle: Syntactic, informational and functional structures
Written By: Kazuko Matsumoto
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 65

This book explores how speakers of Japanese organize their messages into coherent units as they jointly and interactively construct conversational discourse. Specifically, it investigates the syntactic, informational, and functional structures of intonation units (IUs) as basic units of discourse production and information flow in spoken communication. It addresses various research topics: clause vs. phrase centrality, relationship between IUs and clauses, functions of independent NPs, preferred argument/clause structure and transitivity, interrelationship among functional components, and the role of new and interactional information in the shaping of IU syntax. Overall, it tries to elucidate not only the preferred IU structures that are typical of the way Japanese speakers talk in connected discourse, but also possible relationships between the structures and their implications. Besides three main chapters discussing the results of quantitative and qualitative analyses, it also includes an introductory chapter comprehensively covering key issues in research on information flow in spoken discourse in general. Thus the book will be useful to all students and researchers of functional linguistics and discourse analysis.

Table of contents

Preface xi
Tables and Figures xiii
Transcription conventions xv
Abbreviations xvii
1. Introduction 1
2. Information flow in spoken discourse 7
3. Method of the study 43
4. Syntactic structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese 51
5. Information structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese 101
6. Functional structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese 141
7. Conclusion 159
Notes 169
References 179
Index 191

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113647
ISBN-13: 9781588113641
Pages: xviii, 215 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230757
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xviii, 215 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00