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Title:Discourse within a sentence: An exploration of postpositions in Japanese as an interactional resource
Author(s):Hayashi, Makoto
Subject(s):Grammar and interaction
conversation analysis
Abstract:This study explores a phenomenon in Japanese conversation that might be regarded as “discourse-within-a-sentence,” or interpolating a sequence of talk during ongoing sentence construction. It explicates the way in which Japanese speakers use postpositional particles as a resource to incorporate an element in a parenthetical sequence into the syntax of a sentence-inprogress. It is shown that the usability of postpositions for achieving discourse-within-a-sentence comes from the situated workings of postpositions used in a wider range of interactional contexts. Through a detailed examination of relevant instances from transcribed Japanese conversations, this study addresses such issues as (i) “sentences” in interaction as both a resource for, and an outcome of, intricate interactional work; (ii) postpositions as resources for retroactive transformations of turnshapes in Japanese; and (iii) the relationship between typological features of the grammar of a language and forms of interactional practices.
Issue Date:2004-07
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Citation Info:M. Hayashi (2004). Discourse within a sentence: An exploration of postpositions in Japanese as an interactional resource. Language in Society 33(3): 343-376.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Cambridge University Press 2004.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-24

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