Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics

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Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics provides a treasure of information on the Japanese language and the social and cultural system it has developed and is embedded in. To the non-specialist, it opens an unknown world. To the specialist it offers theoretical and methodological perspectives aimed at avoiding the interference of myth and musing with accurate characterizations. A general introduction on Japanese sociolinguistics is followed by two case studies, one on the ethnography of ritual and address at a Japanese wedding reception, and one on the pragmatics of Japanese donatory verbs. The final chapter discusses cross-cultural contrasts and the danger of semiotic schism in Japanese-Western interaction.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, VII:1]  1986.  xi, 153 pp.
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Table of Contents
1. Japanese Sociolinguistics - with Special Reference to Western Research
1
1.1. Japanese language and society
1
1.2. Encoding social organization
4
1.3. Social variation
8
1.4. Language attitudes
19
1.5. Contact between Japanese and other languages in sociolinguistic perspective
24
1.6. Other topics in Japanese sociolinguistics
31
1.7. Conclusion
32
2. The Ethnography of Ritual and Address at a Japanese Wedding Reception
33
2.1. The reception: setting, participants, activities and functions
33
2.2. The linguistic components of ritual
37
2.3. Hierarchical and collective signals: the contextual dynamics of designatory forms
47
2.4. A concluding note
55
3. Speaking of Giving: The Pragmatics of Japanese Donatory Verbs
57
4. Cross-Cultural Contrasts
79
4.1. Pitch, politeness and sexual role
79
4.2. Semiotic schism in Japanese-Western interaction
96
Appendix: Background notes on Japanese concepts of family and marriage
119
Notes
121
References
135
List of Figures, Tables, Diagrams
Fig.1 Simple flowchart of Japanese suffixes of address and reference
7
Fig.2 The performance and relationships of participants at the wedding reception
36
Fig.3 Corporate identification in designatory markers for the groom
53
Fig.4 Semiotic schism
97
Table 1. A comparison of speech giver's speech acts
41
Table 2. Apologetic formulae occurring at the reception
44
Table 3. Designatory markers for the groom occurring at the reception
53
Table 4. The phonational ranges of the subjects
86
Table 5. The fundamental frequency in Hz of Japanese and English politeness formulae obtained by pitch meter at the beginning and end of each utterance
89
Table 6. The fundamental frequency in Hz of Japanese and English politeness formulae obtained by spectographic analysis at the peak and end of each utterance
89
Diagram 1. Donatory forms where G is not the speaker nor belongs to the speaker's ingroup
58
Diagram 2. Donatory forms where G is the speaker or in the speaker's group
60
Diagram 3. Donatory forms where R is the speaker or in the speaker's ingroup
63
Diagram 4. Scales of implicational deference where the giver is the speaker
76
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