Japanese Discourse Markers
Synchronic and diachronic discourse analysis
Noriko O. Onodera | Aoyama Gakuin University
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 by moment in on-going conversations, where culturally rigidly-defined interactional norms are highly valued, a specific marker is chosen and used by the speakers as their strategy, based on their quite subjective judgment. The section on Diachronic Analysis then demonstrates chronologically how the meanings and forms of the same markers have come into being. Results include some noticeable changes related to the strengthened intersubjectivity. This multi-dimensional study also discusses the relevance of findings to typological characteristics and productivity. Consideration is further given to why certain expressions (rather than others) become discourse markers and independent forms in Japanese.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 132] 2004. xiv, 253 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. Introduction | pp. 1–29
2. Perspectives on Pragmatics of Japanese Discourse Markers: Synchronic and diachronic discourse analysis | pp. 31–56
3. Functions of the Conjunctions d emo and dakedo in Present Day Japanese (synchronic analysis) | pp. 57–84
4. Pragmaticalization of demo and dakedo (diachronic analysis) | pp. 85–121
5. Functions of Interjections ne and na in Present Day Japanese (synchronic analysis) | pp. 123–155
6. Pragmaticalization of ne and na (diachronic analysis) | pp. 157–195
7. Conclusion | pp. 197–218
Notes | pp. 219–226
Name Index | pp. 241–243
Subject Index | pp. 245–251
“Onodera’s study opens up the new field of historical pragmatics, superbly combining the methodology of recently developed discourse analysis and the fruitage of the traditional historical study of Japanese. The method and results shown in this book set up important guidelines for future studies in theoretical linguistics and traditional historical linguistics, because this book demonstrates to the former which historical data should be examined in what way, and it also informs the latter that conjunctions and interjections are not marginal, but instead constitute a fertile area of study.
Satoshi Kinsui, Osaka University
“Building on Schiffrin's groundbreaking study of discourse markers, Onodera significantly advances our cross-linguistic understanding of adversative connectives and interjections. Her synchronic and diachronic analyses of four Japanese discourse markers confirm the broad-scale validity of earlier claims concerning differences between conjunctions and discourse markers on the one hand, and the emergence over time of discourse-based, subjective meanings on the other. The theoretical refinements she proposes, based on typological and speech-style differences between English and Japanese, enhance the field of historical pragmatics in important ways.”
Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University
“Onodera's study of the development of Japanese discourse markers breaks new ground in the study of discourse and pragmatic markers. By combining different perspectives and methodologies to chart changes in a variety of forms, she provides a clear model that should be emulated by others interested in grammar and discourse not only from a diachronic perspective, but also from a synchronic perspective.”
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
“[...] this volume makes an important contribution to not only advancing our understanding of such common expressions as 'demo' and 'ne' used in daily conversations but also shedding new light on the general process of pragmaticalization by bringing in Japanese data.”
Sufumi So, George Mason University, on Linguist List, Vol. 16.2263 (2005)
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