Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genre
This book investigates how Japanese participants accommodate to and make use of genre-specific characteristics to make stories tellable, create interpersonal involvement, negotiate responsibility, and show their personal selves. The analyses of storytelling in casual conversation, animation narratives, television talk shows, survey interviews, and large university lectures focus on participation/participatory framework, topical coherence, involvement, knowledge, the story recipient’s role, prosody and nonverbal behavior. Story tellers across genre are shown to use linguistic/paralinguistic (prosody, reported speech, style shifting, demonstratives, repetition, ellipsis, co-construction, connectives, final particles, onomatopoeia) and nonverbal (gesture, gaze, head nodding) devices to involve their recipients, and recipients also use a multiple of devices (laughter, repetition, responsive forms, posture changes) to shape the development of the stories. Nonverbal behavior proves to be a rich resource and constitutive feature of storytelling across genre. The analyses also shed new light on grammar across genre (ellipsis, demonstratives, clause combining), and illustrate a variety of methods for studying genre.
[Studies in Narrative, 13] 2010. vi, 313 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Table of contents | pp. v–vi
part 1 Introduction
chapter 1 Introduction: Storytelling across Japanese conversational genrePolly E. Szatrowski | pp. 3–20
part 2 Storytelling in casual conversation
chapter 2 Manipulation of voices in the development of a story: Prosody and voice quality of Japanese direct reported speechYuriko Sunakawa | pp. 23–60
chapter 3 Ellipsis and action in a Japanese joint storytelling series: Gaze, pointing, and contextChisato Koike | pp. 61–112
chapter 4 Sharing a personal discovery of a taste: Using distal demonstratives in a storytelling about kakuni ‘stewed pork belly’Mariko Karatsu | pp. 113–144
part 3 Storytelling in animation narratives
chapter 5 Clausal self-repetition and pre-nominal demonstratives in Japanese and English animation narrativesFumio Watanabe | pp. 147–180
part 4 Storytelling in talk shows and survey interviews
chapter 6 Storytelling in a Japanese television talk show: A host’s responsive behavior as a resource for shaping the guest’s storyAtsuko Honda | pp. 183–210
chapter 7 Telling about experiences in three-party survey interviews: “Second stories” within the interview participatory frameworkTomoko Kumagai and Naoyuki Kitani | pp. 211–238
part 5 Storytelling in university lectures
chapter 8 The functions of narratives in Japanese university lecture discourseYoshio Takahashi | pp. 241–266
chapter 9 Creating involvement in a large Japanese lecture: Telling the story of a haikuPolly E. Szatrowski | pp. 267–302
Addresses for contributors to Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genre | pp. 303–304
Author index | pp. 305–306
Subject index | pp. 307–314
“This book challenges researchers with the dramatic theoretical proposal that it is not only the story tellers and the story texts, but also the recipients and various nonverbal devices that play a crucial role in the act of storytelling. The chapters present persuasive data to exemplify the intricate tapestry of Japanese storytelling woven with the warp and weft of conscious/unconscious efforts by the concerned parties. My special applause extends to the editor whose careful selection of the contributors speared the cloud of opacity around the “mystery” of Japanese storytelling.”
Suzuko Nishihara, Professor of Linguistics (Tokyo Woman's Christian University 1998-2009)
“This is a crucial book for the study of storytelling in interaction. It offers an original point of departure for analyzing how multiple semiotic resources such as talk, prosody, and gesture construct the organization of storytelling in different settings ranging from everyday conversation to university lectures. It is essential reading for anyone interested in storytelling in structurally different kinds of interaction.”
Charles Goodwin, Professor of Applied Linguistics (University of California at Los Angeles)
“With a focus on a variety of narratives in conversational discourse, Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genre deepens our appreciation of multiple usages and functions of the Japanese language in real-life communication. Based on quality research, the volume offers fresh insight into how verbal (e.g., demonstratives), paralinguistic (e.g., prosody) and nonverbal (gesture, gaze, head nods) behavior can be meaningfully analyzed. For its breadth and depth of analysis, researchers in Japanese language and social interaction will find this volume both stimulating and useful.”
Senko K. Maynard, Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics (Rutgers University)
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2010021312 | Marc record