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Japanese questions : discourse, context and language

Author: Lidia Tanaka
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
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"Questions and interrogatives in Japanese discourse have attracted considerable interest from grammarians, but the communicative aspect has received little attention. This book fills this gap. Through detailed analyses of formal and informal interactions, it demonstrates that the inherent multi-functional and polysemous aspect of language can also be observed in the use of questions. The book shows how questions are  Read more...
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Tanaka, Lidia.
Japanese questions : discourse, context and language.
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
(DLC) 10954134
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lidia Tanaka
ISBN: 9781472577627 1472577620
OCLC Number: 896835342
Description: 1 online resource (262 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; HalfTitle; Series; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Tables; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations and Conventions; List of Data Transcription Conventions; Romanization of Japanese; 1 Introduction; Preliminaries; Studies of questions in English and other languages; Discourse and questions; Japanese questions and interrogativity; Characteristics of Japanese communication; The data; The structure of the book; 2 Japanese Questions and Interrogativity; Introduction; Past studies; The Japanese canonical question; The questions in this study; Conclusion. 3 Establishing Topics and Eliciting Talk:Questions in Television InterviewsIntroduction; Questions in the television interviews; Conclusion; 4 Information Collection and Footing:Questions in Radio Phone-in Programs; Introduction; Questions in the radio programs; Conclusion; 5 Nourishing the Friendship: Questions inFriends' Talk; Introduction; Questions in the conversations; Conclusion; 6 Categorizing, Introducing and MaintainingTopical Talk: Questions in UnacquaintedInteractions; Introduction; Questions in unacquainted talk; Conclusion. 7 Questions Used in Japanese Discourse:Discussion and ConclusionIntroduction; Summary; Questions and interrogativity; Questions and context; Future research and conclusion; Notes; References; Index.
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"Questions and interrogatives in Japanese discourse have attracted considerable interest from grammarians, but the communicative aspect has received little attention. This book fills this gap. Through detailed analyses of formal and informal interactions, it demonstrates that the inherent multi-functional and polysemous aspect of language can also be observed in the use of questions. The book shows how questions are used to perform a wide range of social actions and how varied in form they are. Similarly, it demonstrates the importance of the context on the speakers' choice of question types, which, in turn, contribute to creating a particular stance that characterizes those interactions. The data used in the book shows that speakers prefer questions that are not canonical. When speakers do use canonical questions, they are overwhelmingly accompanied by some mollifiers. This phenomenon suggests that in Japanese communication the illocutionary force of canonical questions is too strong. To soften the interaction, speakers tend to use other types of interrogative forms such as statements with rising intonation, or at least, leave questions grammatically unfinished. The findings in this book contribute to the understanding of how Japanese speakers use questions in different communicative interactions and provide new evidence of the gap between prescriptive grammar and actual communication"--

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