Style Shifting in Japanese

| University of Arizona
| University of Alberta
ISBN 9789027254252 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027289667 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
The messy reality of style shifting
Kimberly Jones and Tsuyoshi Ono
Style shifts in Japanese academic consultations
Haruko Minegishi Cook
Interpersonal functions of style shift: The use of plain and masu forms in faculty meetings
Naomi Geyer
Speech style shift as an interactional discourse strategy: The use and non-use of desu/-masu in Japanese conversational interviews
Shoko Ikuta
Playing with multiple voices: Emotivity and creativity in Japanese style mixture
Senko K. Maynard
Riyuu ‘Reason’ for nai desu and other semi-polite forms
Mutsuko Endo Hudson
Masen or nai desu – That is the question: A case study into Japanese conversational discourse
Satoshi Uehara and Etsuko Fukushima
The power of femininity: Can Japanese gender variation signify contradictory social meanings?
Yuka Matsugu
Tuning speech style and persona
Yoshiko Matsumoto
Speech style and the use of regional (Yamaguchi) and Standard Japanese in conversations
Shigeko Okamoto
“Involved” speech style and deictic management of spatio-temporal and textual reference: A case of ko/so-deictics in Japanese
Kuniyoshi Kataoka
Variation in prosodic focus of the Japanese negative nai : Issues of language specificity, interactive style, and social situations
Shoji Takano
Name index
Subject index
“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.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008031616 | Marc record