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Morita, Emi. 2012. “This talk needs to be registered”: The metapragmatic meaning of the Japanese interactional particle yo. Journal of Pragmatics 44 (13) : 1721–1742.
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This paper demonstrates that the omnipresent Japanese particle 'yo' is used by speakers and perceived by listeners as pointing out that a specific stretch of talk has to be correctly “registered” for both talk progressivity and the collective fulfillment of particular interactional interests, to be recognized and acted upon.