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Mon Jan 24 2022

Books: Exemplification and Categorization: Barotto

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Date: 01-Nov-2021
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Subject: Exemplification and Categorization: Barotto
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Title: Exemplification and Categorization
Subtitle: The Case of Japanese
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Alessandra Barotto
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110722130 Pages: 220 Price: U.S. $ 114.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110721959 Pages: 220 Price: U.S. $ 114.99

The book examines the relationship between exemplification and categorization, using linguistic data from Japanese to better understand how people create and communicate conceptual categories in real-life situations (cf. the notion of ad hoc categories). In the book, exemplification is defined in functional terms as a process through which a speaker signals that a given entity should be construed as representative of a larger category of similar entities. The status of example can thus be encoded by means of dedicated analytical markers that overtly signal the exemplifying relation (e.g. for example), but also by making explicit reference to the larger category from which the examples have been selected. Through a case-study on four Japanese exemplifying markers (ya, nado, tari, toka), the book aims to understand (i) how examples are used and encoded by speakers to make reference to conceptual categories, (ii) what types of categories speakers can create and communicate by means of exemplification, (iii) how the relationship between exemplification and categorization can be used by speakers to achieve specific discourse effects, such as vagueness and politeness.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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