Conversational Dominance and Gender

A study of Japanese speakers in first and second language contexts

| The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ISBN 9789027251084 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588110572 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027298102 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book investigates the notion of conversational dominance in depth, and seeks to establish a systematic method of analysing it. It also offers a new insight into the role of gender and the pragmatic transfer of conversational norms in the first and second language conversations among native speakers of Japanese.
Drawing upon a critical synthesis of insights from several different fields, including Conversation Analysis, the Birmingham school of discourse analysis, and dialogical analysis, the author proposes an innovative analytical framework for operationalising the concept of dominance in conversation. She then applies this framework to the empirical analysis of Japanese speakers’ L1 and L2 conversations, finding direct evidence for the important role of gender and pragmatic transfer in conversational dominance.
By integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches to discourse analysis, the author offers a new perspective into the pragmatic transfer of conversational norms. She does so by demonstrating how the notion of self-oriented and other-oriented conversational styles and strategies can affect the level of transfer of interactional behaviour differently for male and female speakers.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 89]  2001.  xviii, 231 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This is a highly innovative study in terms of its methodology, its insights into cross-cultural communication and its orientation to non-Western communicative contexts. It also offers fascinating data for pragmatic interaction analysis and numerous new research directions for the
study of gender, culture and language learning.”
“This book reports a fascinating study on the dominance of male over female in the Japanese context. The author meticulously analyzed a rich corpus of conversational data both quantitatively and qualitatively and made insightful observations of how gender dominance is realized in the way conversation is managed by the participants. Anybody interested in the cultural aspect of conversation will find it most rewarding to read.”
“This well-written, clear and systematic study contributes to three research areas: conversational dominance, gender, and pragmatic transfer in foreign language. Most importantly, the author develops an analytical framework dominance in conversation. [...] Itakura succeeded in presenting an extremely interesting, highly systematic study of the methodological problems of analysing conversational dominance. [...] the study contributes usefully to developing an analytical framework for conversational dominance, pragmatic transfer, and the discussion of gender difference in conversation.”
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