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Discourse within a sentence: An exploration of postpositions in Japanese as an interactional resource

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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 postpositions typology Japanese
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.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1715
DOI: 10.10170S0047404505043023
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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