Mapping Genres, Mapping Culture
Japanese texts in context
The purpose of this book is to contribute to our understanding of genre and genre variation in the Japanese language in order to bring to consciousness the nature of Japanese culture and the presuppositions, norms and values found within Japanese society. This type of knowledge enables interventions and agency, as knowing how language works within a culture makes it possible to consciously accept it or to influence and shape it into the future. The various chapters seek to explore social contexts and the norms, values and practices of Japanese culture through the language choices in analysed texts in literature, education, the workplace and in print-based media. These genres collectively form part of the cultural fabric of Japan. The book represents a first step in documenting a selected set of Japanese genres from a social semiotic perspective. It will be of interest to students and scholars in a wide range of linguistic fields, such as Japanese descriptive linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics and applied linguistics. It should also appeal to teachers and learners of Japanese and to media commentators, students of literature, cultural studies and journalism.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 281] 2017. vi, 248 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Mapping genres using systemic functional linguisticsElizabeth A. Thomson, Helen de Silva Joyce and Motoki Sano | pp. 1–27
Chapter 2. Exploring the structure and meaning of the family of procedural texts in JapaneseKazue Kato | pp. 29–55
Chapter 3. The directive genre in the Japanese workplaceYumiko Mizusawa | pp. 57–91
Chapter 4. The genre of exposition: Persuasive rhetoric of Japanese cultureMotoki Sano | pp. 93–118
Chapter 5. An analysis of Japanese news stories: Generic structure and semantic formationMasamichi Washitake | pp. 119–136
Chapter 6. Wartime reports in Japanese newspapers: Transitivity and appraisalNoriko Iwamoto | pp. 137–167
Chapter 7. Kundoku-bun: A hybrid genre in Japanese literatureKatsuyuki Sato | pp. 169–189
Chapter 8. Once upon a time: Grammar, structure and meaning in a selected set of Japanese folktalesElizabeth A. Thomson | pp. 191–211
Chapter 9. Nihonjinron and the context of cultureKen Tann | pp. 213–240
Index | pp. 243–248
“I recommend this book to learned scholars and students, especially in the field of Japanese linguistics and pragmatics.”
Vicky Ann Richings, Kobe Shoin Women’s University, in JALT Journal Vo. 41, No. 1 (May 2019)
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics