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Argument encoding in Japanese conversation

Author: Mitsuaki Shimojō; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, ©2005.
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Japanese is well known for its array of argument encoding types - but how is speakers' choice of encoding types to be described? With quantitative and qualitative analyses of a bank of conversation data this book takes a discourse analytic approach in investigating speakers' use of six major argument encoding types in conversational Japanese. Shimojo attempts to explain Japanese argument encoding as a unified  Read more...
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Shimojō, Mitsuaki, 1966-
Argument encoding in Japanese conversation.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, ©2005
(DLC) 2004052324
(OCoLC)55220278
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mitsuaki Shimojō; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780230505384 0230505384
OCLC Number: 312463819
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 286 pages)
Contents: List of Tables --
Acknowledgements --
Notes on Transcriptions --
List of Abbreviations --
PART 1: INTRODUCTION --
Four Argument Types and Six Encoding Types --
Saliency, Activation and Attention --
Episodic Memory and Mental Processing Instructions --
PART 2: PREVIOUS STUDIES ON THE SIX ARGUMENT ENCODING TYPES --
Wa and Ga: A Contrast in Pragmatic Focus --
Zero Anaphor, Ga and Wa: Referential Progression --
Contrastive Wa --
Wa for Non Subjects --
Grammatical Properties of Wa --
Grammatical Properties of the Zero Particle --
Syntactic and Semantic Factors in Zero Particle Use --
Functional Properties of the Zero Particle --
Functional Properties of O --
Ga and O: The Split Case Marking --
Post-predicative Encoding --
Summary --
PART 3: CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE DATA --
Introduction --
Identification of Arguments --
Overview of Tokens --
Saliency and Argument Types --
PART 4: ANAPHORIC SALIENCY --
Referential Distance Measurement --
Anaphoric Saliency and Argument Types --
Anaphoric Saliency and Encoding Types --
PART 5: CATAPHORIC SALIENCY --
Referential Persistence Measurement --
Cataphoric Saliency and Argument Types --
Cataphoric Saliency and Encoding Types --
Cataphoric Frequency of Reference and Persistence --
Encoding Types in Persistence Chains --
PART 6: THE SIX ARGUMENT ENCODING TYPES AS A SYSTEM --
Saliency and Argument Types Summary --
Zero Anaphor and Ga/O --
Wa and the Zero Particle --
Post-predicative Encoding --
The Argument Encoding System --
The Encoding Types as Mental Processing Instructions --
PART 7: POST-PREDICATIVE ENCODING: COMPREHENSION-BASED CLAIMS REVISITED --
Important/Urgent Information First --
Scrambling: The Production-based View --
Post-predicative Arguments in the Coversation Data --
Relative Prominence of Structure --
Conclusions --
Appendix: Acceptability Judgment Task for Nominative/Accusative N2 Tokens --
Notes --
References.
Responsibility: Mitsuaki Shimojo.

Abstract:

Japanese is well known for its array of argument encoding types - but how is speakers' choice of encoding types to be described? With quantitative and qualitative analyses of a bank of conversation data this book takes a discourse analytic approach in investigating speakers' use of six major argument encoding types in conversational Japanese. Shimojo attempts to explain Japanese argument encoding as a unified system, elucidating the dynamics of the system in terms of a variety of functional needs. He argues that the highly elaborate encoding array denotes mental processing instructions for the hearer and thus meets the needs of spoken language, where the cognitive constraints in spoken communication welcome simplification of the hearer's tasks for comprehension.
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