Bonding through Context

Language and interactional alignment in Japanese situated discourse

Risako Ide | University of Tsukuba
Kaori Hata | Osaka University
ISBN 9789027207661 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027260635 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book examines the linguistic and interactional mechanisms through which people bond or feel bonded with one another by analyzing situated discourse in Japanese contexts. The term “bonding” points to the sense of co-presence, belonging, and alignment with others as well as with the space of interaction. We analyze bonding as established, not only through the usage of language as a foregrounded code, but also through multi-layered contexts shared on the interactional, corporeal, and socio-cultural levels. The volume comprises twelve chapters examining the processes of bonding (and un-bonding) using situated discourse taken from rich ethnographic data including police suspect interrogations, Skype-mediated family conversations, theatrical rehearsals, storytelling, business email correspondence and advertisements. While the book focuses on processes of bonding in Japanese discourse, the concept of bonding can be applied universally in analyzing the co-creation of semiotic, pragmatic, and communal space in situated discourse.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 314] 2020.  vii, 291 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“No man is an island which explains the significance of this book looking into social bonding. Both enlightening and enthralling, this collection can be credited as a trailblazer in exploring bonding in situated discourse. And it's safe to say that it is bound to appeal to scholars from linguistic, ethnographic, semiotic, sociological fields, communication studies and beyond.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020029082 | Marc record