Periphery of utterances and (inter)subjectification in Modern Japanese

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Comparing data from present-day conversation with that from the conversational parts of journals in late-Modern Japanese, this paper investigates the development of two synonymous causal constructions, namely the <i>kara</i>-clause and the <i>node</i>-clause constructions, in terms of the peripheries of an utterance. It illustrates that in Modern Japanese the two constructions are undergoing a similar developmental path, in that the causal conjunctive particles <i>kara</i> and <i>node</i> have been developing into part of the conjunctions <i>dakara</i> and <i>nanode</i> in the left periphery of a clause and developing final-particle-like functions in the right periphery. When they appear in either periphery of an utterance, they express and elaborate the speaker&#8217;s (inter)subjective meanings in interaction. They are also in the process of (inter)subjectification.


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