Intonation Units in Japanese Conversation

Syntactic, informational and functional structures

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This book explores how speakers of Japanese organize their messages into coherent units as they jointly and interactively construct conversational discourse. Specifically, it investigates the syntactic, informational, and functional structures of intonation units (IUs) as basic units of discourse production and information flow in spoken communication. It addresses various research topics: clause vs. phrase centrality, relationship between IUs and clauses, functions of independent NPs, preferred argument/clause structure and transitivity, interrelationship among functional components, and the role of new and interactional information in the shaping of IU syntax. Overall, it tries to elucidate not only the preferred IU structures that are typical of the way Japanese speakers talk in connected discourse, but also possible relationships between the structures and their implications. Besides three main chapters discussing the results of quantitative and qualitative analyses, it also includes an introductory chapter comprehensively covering key issues in research on information flow in spoken discourse in general. Thus the book will be useful to all students and researchers of functional linguistics and discourse analysis.



[Studies in Language Companion Series, 65]  2003.  xviii, 215 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
xi
Tables and Figures
xiii
Transcription conventions
xv
Abbreviations
xvii
1. Introduction
1
2. Information flow in spoken discourse
7
3. Method of the study
43
4. Syntactic structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese
51
5. Information structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese
101
6. Functional structure of the intonation unit in conversational Japanese
141
7. Conclusion
159
Notes
169
References
179
Index
191
“Matsumoto has provided us with a valuable, and indeed a ground-breaking study of the nature of Japanese as it is used in actual conversations. Against a solid background of relevant earlier research, she has performed a thorough and careful analysis of an impressive sample of naturally occurring data. Her findings are in part surprising, leading her to question some previously made suggestions with regard to conversational Japanese, but in other ways her results confirm, modify, and strengthen earlier hypotheses regarding the flow of talk and its various syntactic, informational, and functional components. Certainly this work will be basic to all future studies of spoken Japanese, but it is also important reading for anyone who is pursuing a study of natural discourse.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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