Article published in:Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining: The multifunctionality of conjunctions
Edited by Ritva Laury
[Typological Studies in Language 80] 2008
► pp. 205–230
Quotative tte in Japanese: Its multifaceted functions and degrees of "subordination"
This study examines naturally occurring conversations with regard to the syntactic and semantic/pragmatic properties of Japanese quotative particle tte in five different usages and argues that these usages constitute subcategories of the particle tte. Our analysis demonstrates complex and creative uses of tte in contiguity between an object complement marker (OCM) and a sentence-final particle (SFP) as well as between main and subordinate clauses. It also leads to a hypothesis that the SFP usage derives from the OCM usage. This study thus provides an additional piece of evidence for the non-discrete nature of linguistic categories and supports a view of grammar as a temporary outcome of constant change and fluidity in usage, reflecting the dynamic nature of human language.
Published online: 29 October 2008
Cited by 2 other publications
McGloin, Naomi H.
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