List of John Benjamins publications for which Toshiko Yamaguchi plays a role.
2022. Chapter 5. Verbs of eating: From active zones, cultures, metonymy, and metaphor to withdrawal. The Language of Food in Japanese: Cognitive perspectives and beyond, Toratani, Kiyoko (ed.), pp. 135–160
The chapter explains how kuu and taberu, two major verbs of eating in Japanese, emerged, developed, and changed their literal and figurative meanings. Both verbs began their life distinctly. Kuu emerged from the active zone, while societal structures gave rise to taberu. This difference is… read more | Chapter
The rise of demonstrative-based first/second-person markers in the history of Japanese: A speaker subjectivity account. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 16:2, pp. 250–2762015.
This paper explores the rise of demonstrative-based person markers in the history of Japanese and takes Ishiyama’s spatial semantic approach as its point of departure. Despite the claim that demonstrative-based person markers remained functionally demonstrative, I argue that they began to manifest… read more | Article
The semantic change of ato ‘later, behind’ in Japanese: From the Peircean sign to metonymy. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 13:1, pp. 72–1092012.
This paper explores the semantic change of the polysemous Japanese word ato from the perspective of metonymy. In order to define how metonymy contributed to ato’s semantic development, I employ Peirce’s conception of the sign. I argue that the rise of ato’s meanings reflects the relations between… read more | Article
Literal and figurative uses of Japanese 'eat' and 'drink'. The Linguistics of Eating and Drinking, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 173–1932009.
The chapter describes literal and figurative uses of Japanese ‘eat’ and ‘drink’ verbs. By paying special attention to the earlier and present forms of each verb, one can argue that not only universal conceptual mapping but also cultural orientation and honorification have contributed to the… read more | Article
Reanalysis of contrastive -wa in Japanese: Perspectives from newspaper articles. Pragmatics 13:3, pp. 423–4502003.
This paper examines the behavior of contrastive –wa in Japanese written discourse. While supporting its local nature (Clancy and Downing 1987), the paper argues, based on a survey of newspapers, that localness alone is not sufficient to understand the nature of contrast. It proposes that the use of… read more | Article
3. Action and state interpretations of ‘sit’ in Japanese and English. The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying, Newman, John (ed.), pp. 43–592002.