Discourse Modality: Subjectivity, Emotion, and Voice in the Japanese Language

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1993 - Foreign Language Study - 315 pages
The emotional aspects of language have so far not received the attention they deserve. This study focuses on nonpropositional, i.e. expressive and interactional meanings of Japanese signs, with special emphasis on understanding their cognitive, psychological and social meanings. It shows how the Japanese language is richly endowed to express personal voice and emotive nuances, and confronts the theoretical issues related to this. The author proposes a new theoretical framework for Discourse Modality, a primary concern for Japanese speakers, to analyze the 'expressiveness' of language.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
3
CHAPTER 2 From Modality to Discourse Modality
26
Part 2 Analysis of DM Indicators
65
CHAPTER 3 Discourse Connectives Dakara and Datte
67
CHAPTER 4 Modal Adverts YahariYappari and Doose
120
Da and DesuMasu Verb Forms
150
CHAPTER 6 Interactional Particles Yo and Ne
183
CHAPTER 7 To Yuu in the ClauseNoun Combination
221
CHAPTER 8 Discourse Modality in Perspective
257
Appendix 1
277
Notes
278
References
288
Data References
303
Author Index
306
Subject Index
309
The series Pragmatics Beyond New Series
316

Part 3 Reflections
255

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