Chapter published in:Japanese Mood and Modality in Systemic Functional Linguistics: Theory and Application
Edited by Ken-Ichi Kadooka
[Not in series 234] 2021
The system of modulation in Japanese
This chapter explores the system of modulation in Japanese in the framework of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) (Halliday 1985, 1994, Halliday and Matthiessen 2004, 2014). It attempts to apply this theory of language to the description of Japanese modulation, i.e. obligation and inclination. Unlike many traditional approaches of Japanese modality which confine themselves to the interpretation of sentence-final elements, the systemic functional approach posits a text-based, structural-functional account of modality in relation to the system of speech function. In light of this, the present study postulates an elaborated framework of modulation in Japanese with reference to the system network of modulation with typical realization forms, which contributes to the expansion of the interpersonal meaning potential in interaction.
Keywords: Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), Japanese, interpersonal metafunction, mood and modality, modalization and modulation, grammatical metaphor, speech function, structural-functional approach, system network of modulation
Published online: 23 March 2021
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