Linguistic Creativity in Japanese Discourse: Exploring the Multiplicity of Self, Perspective, and Voice

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 356 pages
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Using theoretical concepts of self, perspective, and voice as an interpretive guide, and based on the Place of Negotiation theory, this volume explores the phenomenon of linguistic creativity in Japanese discourse, i.e., the use of language in specific ways for foregrounding personalized expressive meanings. Personalized expressive meanings include psychological, emotive, interpersonal, and rhetorical aspects of communication, encompassing broad meanings such as feelings of intimacy or distance, emotion, empathy, humor, playfulness, persona, sense of self, identity, rhetorical effects, and so on. Nine analysis chapters explore the meanings, functions, and effects observable in the indices of linguistic creativity, focusing on discourse creativity (style mixture, borrowing others' styles, genre mixture), rhetorical creativity (puns, metaphors, metaphors in multimodal discourse), and grammatical creativity (negatives, demonstratives, first-person references). Based on the analysis of verbal and visual data drawn from multiple genres of contemporary cultural discourse, this work reveals that by creatively expressing in language we share our worlds from multiple perspectives, we speak in self's and others' many voices, and we endlessly create personalized expressive meanings as testimony to our own sense of being.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
Creating personalized expressive meanings
10
Reflections
13
Methodology and interpretive approaches
16
Studies on linguistic creativity
23
Linguistic creativity in Japanese rhetoric and culture
32
Linguistic creativity and rhetorical views toward language and discourse
40
Approaches
45
playing with multiple voices and perspectives in and across dis
159
Mitate and futaku
165
The yuusuge flower in a poem
171
The flower in a popular song
177
metaphor culture and linguistic creativity
184
Visual images in an essay
192
Visual metaphorization of freedom
199
presenting multiple perspectives in metaphorical discourse
208

Self and linguistic subjectivity
53
Perspective and perspectivization
59
Multiple voices and intertextuality
66
CHAPTER 4
75
Mixing the emotive da style
81
Mixing rhetorical sentences
90
Background
96
concurrent styles and mojiri
107
presenting selves through styles
116
quotation and dialogicality
122
Conversation as a modifier
133
Humor and figures
143
Puns in conversation
150
From contrast to denial
214
Expressive functions of negatives in advertising and poetry
219
grammar as a source for linguistic creativity
231
Discourse functions of ko so and aseries demonstratives
238
The world of ko and the world of so
244
emotivity and the perspectivized appearance
251
chapter 12
257
From self as locutionary agent to selfidentifying objectified self
268
identifying divided and embedded selves
279
Linguistic creativity in Japanese discourse and beyond
283
Notes
325
Data references
345
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