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  • A descriptive grammar of early Old Japanese proseby J.R. Bentley

    BRILL 2001; US$ 155.00

    The oldest written stage of the Japanese language forms the subject of John Bentley's important volume. The underlying texts (also presented here) are those of the religious liturgies (norito) and imperial edicts (A.D. 685). more...

  • Speaking through the Silenceby Laine A. Berman

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 179.99

    Uncovering the structures and functions of conversational narratives uttered within natural social networks, Laine Berman shows how working-class Javanese women discursively construct identity and meaning within the rigid constraints of an hierarchical social order. She does this by identifying the silences, the "unsaid", and by revealing both the... more...

  • Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideologyby Shigeko Okamoto; Janet S. Shibamoto Smith

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 77.99

    Japanese Language, Gender and Ideology is a collection of previously unpublished articles by established as well as promising young scholars in Japanese language and gender studies. The contributors to this edited volume argue that traditional views of language in Japan are cultural constructs created by policy makers and linguists, and that Japanese... more...

  • The Trobriand Islanders' Ways of Speakingby Gunter Senft

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 250.00

    Bronislaw Maliniowski claimed in his monograph Argonauts of the Western Pacific that to approach the goal of ethnographic field-work, requires a "collection of ethnographic statements, characteristic narratives, typical utterances, items of folk-lore and magical formulae ... as a corpus inscriptionum , as documents of native mentality".... more...

  • The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Languageby Kazue Kanno

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 143.00

    This book marks the first-ever collection of papers in English on the acquisition of Japanese as a second language. Its overarching goal is to broaden and deepen the field of SLA research by focusing on Japanese rather than on more commonly studied European languages. Broad in scope and eclectic in approach with chapters by leading scholars in the... 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...

  • Japanese Discourse Markersby Noriko O. Onodera

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 165.00

    This book is one of the pioneering historical pragmatic studies of Japanese. It closely illustrates the usage and contributions of some Japanese discourse markers, and reveals their developmental history. The section on Synchronic Analysis explores the previously uninvestigated functions of some discourse markers used in Present Day Japanese. Moment... more...

  • Joint Utterance Construction in Japanese Conversationby Makoto Hayashi

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 165.00

    This book focuses on how participants in Japanese conversation negotiate and achieve joint courses of action within a single turn at talk. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis as a central framework, this book describes in detail the structures and procedures used by Japanese speakers to jointly produce a coherent grammatical unit-in-progress,... 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...

  • 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...