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  • 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...

  • The Light Verb Construction in Japaneseby Tadao Miyamoto

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 158.00

    This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in Japanese, which consists of the verb “suru” ‘do’ and an accusative (“o”) marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on the role of “suru”: whether “suru” in “VN-o suru” functions as a light or heavy... more...

  • Locality and Information Structureby Yoshio Endo

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 165.00

    This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed are investigated from a broader comparative perspective.... more...

  • Modality in Japaneseby Heiko Narrog

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Hierarchical clause structure is an important feature of most theories of grammar. While it has been an indispensable part of formal syntactic theories, functional theories have more recently discovered for themselves a ‘layered structure of the clause’. A major focus of the current discussion on semanto-syntactic clause structure is the hierarchical... more...

  • Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyondby Norbert Cyffer; Erwin Ebermann; Georg Ziegelmeyer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Crosslinguistically, SVO languages most commonly place negative particles before theverb, employing SNegVO order. This paper documents an area in central Africa whichdeviates from this pattern, in which the negative follows the verb, typically occurringat the end of the clause, in SVONeg order. The languages in which this order is found donot form... more...

  • Negotiation of Contingent Talkby Emi Morita

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 173.00

    Observing naturally occurring talk-in-interaction in Japanese, this book examines how Japanese speakers segment their talk into relevant interactional units and use particles such as ne and sa to accomplish local pragmatic work. The study provides a conversation analytic, action-oriented account for the ubiquity of such particles in Japanese talk.... 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...