Mitsuko Narita Izutsu

List of John Benjamins publications for which Mitsuko Narita Izutsu plays a role.


Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2023 Chapter 11. Highlighting beginning, end, or transition in-between: Topic-shift conceptions in English, Ainu, and JapaneseDiscourse Phenomena in Typological Perspective, Barotto, Alessandra and Simone Mattiola (eds.), pp. 295–336
This study presents a cross-linguistic analysis of episode- and topic-shift conceptions based on two types of spoken discourse (narrative and conversational) in English, Ainu, and Japanese. Markers of episode/topic-shift can serve to highlight different phases of episode/topic boundaries in… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita, Katsunobu Izutsu and Yong-Taek Kim 2023 Chapter 6. The final-appendage construction in Japanese and Korean: To what extent is post-predicative position exploited in the two East Asian languages?Different Slants on Grammaticalization, Hancil, Sylvie and Vittorio Tantucci (eds.), pp. 147–175
Japanese and Korean are both predicate-final (OV) languages with relatively flexible constituent order. However, our analysis of parallel texts (Japanese novels and their Korean translations) demonstrates that the two languages differ in the exploitability of post-predicative position. Korean has a… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2021 Chapter 3. Presentation followed by negotiation: Final pragmatic particle sequencing in AinuPragmatic Markers and Peripheries, Van Olmen, Daniël and Jolanta Šinkūnienė (eds.), pp. 77–110
This study explores the sequential pattern of sentence- or utterance-final pragmatic particles in Ainu, an indigenous language of Japan, and demonstrates that the particle sequences largely exhibit an ordering summarized as presentation followed by negotiation: a particle concerning the… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2020 Chapter 5. Dichotomous or continuous? Final particles and a dualistic conception of grammarGrammar and Cognition: Dualistic models of language structure and language processing, Haselow, Alexander and Gunther Kaltenböck (eds.), pp. 159–190
This article demonstrates that final particles (more broadly markers) in four East Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Mongolian) and three West European languages (English, Spanish, and German) follow a similar semantic/discourse-functional ordering principle when they occur in… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2020 Chapter 5. Final or medial: Morphosyntactic and functional divergences in discourse particles of the same historical sourcesInformation-Structural Perspectives on Discourse Particles, Modicom, Pierre-Yves and Olivier Duplâtre (eds.), pp. 135–160
Some Japanese final particles find their origins in the same historical sources as interjectional (or medial) particles, with the former occurring in sentence-final position while the latter in sentence-medial position. The two types of particles, though identical in form, are less likely to be… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2019 Why is Twitter so popular in Japan? Linguistic devices for monologizationInternet Pragmatics 2:2, pp. 260–289
Across the countries of the world, Japan can rightly claim to be a great “Twitter nation” (Akimoto 2011). Japanese people like to tweet anytime and anywhere. Although the popularity of Twitter in Japan is often associated with the large information capacity of Japanese character sets (Wagner 2013),… read more | Article
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2018 Cross-varietal diversity in constructional entrenchment: The final-tag construction in Irish and American EnglishNew Trends in Grammaticalization and Language Change, Hancil, Sylvie, Tine Breban and José Vicente Lozano (eds.), pp. 381–430
The present study analyzes clauses with final tags as a construction, i.e., a symbolic form-meaning pairing, which is formulated as [[ANCHi FTj] ↔ [S conclude verbalization of propositioni with attitudej]] (ANCH: Anchor, FT: Final Tag, S: Speaker). The final-tag construction is observed in most… read more | Chapter
Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2016 Temporal scenery: Experiential bases for deictic concepts of time in East Asian languagesConceptualizations of Time, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara (ed.), pp. 207–242
The present article analyzes the conceptual patterns of temporal deixis in Ainu, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Ryukyuan. It demonstrates that Lakoff and Johnson’s notions ‘moving time’ and ‘moving observer’ are more or less applicable to the five East Asian languages but are not necessarily… read more | Article
Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2016 Exaptation and adaptation: Two historical routes to final particles in JapaneseExaptation and Language Change, Norde, Muriel and Freek Van de Velde (eds.), pp. 377–401
This article shows that the final-particle development from coordinating conjunctions and that from subordinating conjunctions in Japanese can be best described as ‘adaptation after exaptation’ and ‘successive adaptations’, respectively. Whereas both types of developments are comparable in that… read more | Article
This article deals with so-called sentence-final coordinating conjunctions in some dialectal varieties of English and Japanese. It emphasises that such final coordinating conjunctions derive from two syntactically different processes (“truncation” and “backshift”), and demonstrates that the final… read more | Article
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2014 “Final hanging but” in American English: Where a formal coordinator meets a functional subordinatorGrammaticalization – Theory and Data, Hancil, Sylvie and Ekkehard König (eds.), pp. 257–286
Mulder and Thompson (2006, 2008) point out that the final hanging but ([X but]) developed from initial but (X [but Y]) through a sequence of formal reanalyses, and insightfully observe the functional and formal parallelism between the development of the hanging type of final but and the final… read more | Article
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2012 Inclusivity and non-solidarity: Honorific pronominals in AinuPragmatics and Society 3:1, pp. 149–166
Some languages use first person inclusive plurals for second person reference. Such usage has often been associated with the notions of solidarity or lesser social distance. However, this line of explanation cannot provide an adequate account for the use of inclusives for second person honorific… read more | Article
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita and Katsunobu Izutsu 2011 What motivates an inference? The emergence of CONTRAST/CONCESSIVE from TEMPORAL/SPATIAL OVERLAPMotivation in Grammar and the Lexicon, Panther, Klaus-Uwe and Günter Radden (eds.), pp. 107–132
The present article proposes both theoretical and empirical explanations for the semantic shift from the meaning temporal/spatial overlap to the meaning contrast/concessive, observable across genetically and geographically unrelated languages (e.g. English while, Japanese -nagara). The shift… read more | Article
Izutsu, Katsunobu and Mitsuko Narita Izutsu 2008 6. Notional asymmetry in syntactic symmetry: Connective and accessibility marker interactionsAsymmetric Events, Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara (ed.), pp. 121–134
The present paper argues that the distinction between symmetric- and asymmetric-event descriptions determines the pronominal reference in the conjoined structure “S1. discourse connective + S2.” with a pronoun in the S2. Symmetric-event descriptions presuppose an entity which does two things or to… read more | Article
Izutsu, Mitsuko Narita 2008 Commitment to an implicit aspect of meaning: A notional differentiation between concessive connectivesCommitment, De Brabanter, Philippe and Patrick Dendale (eds.), pp. 137–154
This paper argues that the notion of commitment can clarify the distinction between two Japanese concessive connectives -noni and -kedo: the former expresses a high degree and the latter a relatively low degree of speaker commitment to an assumption underlying the concessive meaning. This… read more | Article