Publication details [#63733]

Ogi, Naomi, ed. 2017. Involvement and Attitude in Japanese Discourse. Interactive markers. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 272). John Benjamins. xi, 232 pp.
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Book – edited volume
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This book addresses the long discussed issue of Japanese interactive markers (traditionally called sentence-final particles) in a new light, and provides the comprehensive linguistic documentation of the interactional functions of seven interactive markers: ne, na, yo, sa, wa, zo and ze. By adopting three key notions, ‘involvement’, ‘formality’ and ‘gender’, the study not only reveals the functions and pragmatic effects of each marker, but also sheds light on some fundamental issues of the nature of spoken discourse in general, including how speakers collaborate with each other to create and sustain their conversations and how linguistic functions of verbal forms interface with sociocultural norms.