Edited by Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, Elisabeth Reber and Margret Selting
[Studies in Discourse and Grammar 23] 2010
► pp. 303–332
Multimodal expressivity of the Japanese response particle Huun
Displaying involvement without topical engagement
Of the half a dozen non-lexical response particles in Japanese sharing significant properties with Oh in English, this chapter focuses on a single feature of one such particle Huun, namely that of displaying involvement with ongoing talk without topical engagement, while making relevant a topic shift. A multimodal approach is taken to demonstrate that a free-standing Huun can be enlisted to withhold an explicit evaluative stand while simultaneously displaying attentiveness, if not profound affective alignment, with current talk, partly through harnessing its potentially rich expressivity. Participant reactions suggest the particle may even be treated “as if” a fully fledged, lexicalized turn. Furthermore, multimodal resources can be combined with the occasioning of Huun to gradually lead to topic attrition.
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