Turn-Taking in Japanese Conversation

A Study in Grammar and Interaction

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This book explores the interpretation of grammar and turn-taking in Japanese talk-in-interaction from the perspective of conversation analysis. It pays special attention to the projectability patterns of turns in Japanese in comparison to English. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, it is shown that the postpositional grammatical structure and the predicate-final orientation in Japanese regularly result in a relatively delayed projectability of the possible point at which a current turn may become recognisably complete in comparison to English. Prior to such points, projectability is often limited to the progressive anticipation of small increments of talk. However, participants are able to achieve smooth speaker transitions with minimal gap or overlap through the use of specific grammatical and prosodic devices for marking possible points at which a transition may become relevant.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 56]  1999.  xiv, 242 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
Transcription conventions
xii
Abbreviations in transcripts
xiv
A note on names
xiv
1. Introduction
1
2. Basic organisation of turn-taking
25
3. Syntactic, intonational, and pragmatic resources in turn-taking
61
4. Turn-projection and construction
103
5. Incremental projection: Case and adverbial particles
148
6. Delayed projectability: The ‘compound turn-constructional unit’
188
7. Concluding remarks
217
References
227
Index
237
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  99049419