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  • The Expression of Information Structureby Ines Fiedler; Anne Schwarz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 158.00

    This study concerns the interaction of ‘focus’ with the verbal system of Ejagham, an Ekoid Bantu language. In particular it concerns the multiple forms of the perfective and imperfective aspects. The Ejagham system differs from the tendency in Bantu systems. The verb forms in Ejagham have a ‘constituent’ focus form that sub-categorizes... more...

  • Conversational Dominance and Genderby Hiroko Itakura

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 158.00

    This book investigates the notion of conversational dominance in depth, and seeks to establish a systematic method of analysing it. It also offers a new insight into the role of gender and the pragmatic transfer of conversational norms in the first and second language conversations among native speakers of Japanese. Drawing upon a critical synthesis... more...

  • Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genreby Polly E. Szatrowski

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 143.00

    In this paper, I investigate how a professor fits her story of a famous haiku into the structure of a large lecture and adapts verbal/ nonverbal resources to create involvement. I demonstrate how she uses (1) knowledge questions to establish the tellability of her story, (2) final particles yo ne ‘I tell you, you know’ and ne ‘isn’t... more...

  • Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japaneseby Shigeko Nariyama

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 188.00

    In many East Asian languages, despite the prevalent occurrence of implicit reference, reference management is largely achieved without recourse to familiar agreement features. For this reason, recovering ellipted reference has been a perplexing problem in the analysis of these languages.This book elucidates the linguistic mechanisms for ellipsis resolution... more...

  • Emotive Communication in Japaneseby Satoko Suzuki

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 165.00

    It has become well recognized that affective dimensions of language constitute an integral part of the linguistic system. Japanese provides a prime example of the significance of emotivity as it has grammaticalized a wide variety of expressions to communicate affective information. The collected articles demonstrate the rich diversity of emotive communication... more...

  • Gender, Language and Cultureby Lidia Tanaka

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 143.00

    This book analyzes the relationship between gender, age and role in Japanese television interviews. It covers a wide range of topics on Japanese communication; cultural and gender variables are interwoven in the interpretation of the findings. The study shows how participants interact through language and how they project their identities in the context... more...

  • Grammar and Inference in Conversationby Michael C. Ewing

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 188.00

    This study analyzes how morphosyntactic structures and information flow characteristics are used by interlocutors in producing and understanding clauses in conversational Javanese, focusing on the Cirebon variety of the language. While some clauses display grammatical mechanisms used to code their structure explicitly and redundantly, many other clauses... more...

  • Grammar in Use across Time and Spaceby Misumi Sadler

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 158.00

    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.... more...

  • The Grammar of Repetitionby Jason Kandybowicz

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    Displacement is a fundamental property of grammar. Typically, when an occurrence moves it is pronounced in only one environment. This was previously viewed as a primitive/irreducible property of grammar. Recent work, however, suggests that it follows from principled interactions between the syntactic and phonological components of grammar. As such,... more...

  • Intonation Units in Japanese Conversationby Kazuko Matsumoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 158.00

    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.... more...