Style Shifting in Japanese
This innovative and interdisciplinary book on style shifting in Japanese brings together a wide range of perspectives and methodologies—including discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and functional linguistics—to look at a variety of types of style shifting in both spoken and written Japanese discourse. Though diverse in approach, the contributions all reflect the belief that language use is inextricably linked to both context and language structure in mutually constitutive relationships. Topics covered include shifting between "polite" and "plain" styles, the emergence of a "semi-polite" style, speakers' strategic use of gendered styles or regional dialects, shifting between different deictic expressions, and prosodic shifting. This careful and detailed examination advances our understanding of the complex phenomenon of style shifting not only in Japanese, but also more generally, and will be of interest to researchers and students in fields such as linguistics, linguistic anthropology, communication studies, and second language acquisition and teaching.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 180] 2008. vii, 335 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. vii–viii
The messy reality of style shiftingKimberly Jones and Tsuyoshi Ono | pp. 1–8
Style shifts in Japanese academic consultationsHaruko Minegishi Cook | pp. 9–38
Interpersonal functions of style shift: The use of plain and masu forms in faculty meetingsNaomi Geyer | pp. 39–70
Speech style shift as an interactional discourse strategy: The use and non-use of desu/-masu in Japanese conversational interviewsShoko Ikuta | pp. 71–90
Playing with multiple voices: Emotivity and creativity in Japanese style mixtureSenko K. Maynard | pp. 91–130
Riyuu ‘Reason’ for nai desu and other semi-polite formsMutsuko Endo Hudson | pp. 131–160
Masen or nai desu – That is the question: A case study into Japanese conversational discourseSatoshi Uehara and Etsuko Fukushima | pp. 161–184
The power of femininity: Can Japanese gender variation signify contradictory social meanings?Yuka Matsugu | pp. 185–212
Tuning speech style and personaYoshiko Matsumoto | pp. 213–228
Speech style and the use of regional (Yamaguchi) and Standard Japanese in conversationsShigeko Okamoto | pp. 229–250
“Involved” speech style and deictic management of spatio-temporal and textual reference: A case of ko/so-deictics in JapaneseKuniyoshi Kataoka | pp. 251–284
Variation in prosodic focus of the Japanese negative nai: Issues of language specificity, interactive style, and social situationsShoji Takano | pp. 285–328
Name index | pp. 329–331
Subject index | pp. 333–335
“The papers in this book address the topic of style shifting in a highly interrelated yet multi-faceted way, giving the reader both depth and breadth of understanding. [...] The research methodologies represented are solid, innovative, and helpful in articulating directions for futurework. There is also broad reference to extant research, which helps to ground the reader theoretically.”
Julie Bruch, Mesa State College, USA, on Linguist List, 20.2585
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General