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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Style Shifting in Japanese
Edited By: Kimberly A. Jones
Tsuyoshi Ono
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 180

This innovative and interdisciplinary book on style shifting in Japanese
brings together a wide range of perspectives and methodologies - including
discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and functional
linguistics - to look at a variety of types of style shifting in both
spoken and written Japanese discourse. Though diverse in approach, the
contributions all reflect the belief that language use is inextricably
linked to both context and language structure in mutually constitutive
relationships. Topics covered include shifting between "polite" and "plain"
styles, the emergence of a "semi-polite" style, speakers' strategic use of
gendered styles or regional dialects, shifting between different deictic
expressions, and prosodic shifting. This careful and detailed examination
advances our understanding of the complex phenomenon of style shifting not
only in Japanese, but also more generally, and will be of interest to
researchers and students in fields such as linguistics, linguistic
anthropology, communication studies, and second language acquisition and

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027254257
ISBN-13: 9789027254252
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289667
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00