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Negotiation of Contingent Talk

The Japanese interactional particles <i>ne </i>and <i>sa</i>

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  • Author(s): Emi Morita 1
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    Affiliations: 1: National University of Singapore
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Date August 2005
  • e-Book ISBN: 9789027294302
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.137

Abstract

Observing naturally occurring talk-in-interaction in Japanese, this book examines how Japanese speakers segment their talk into relevant interactional units and use particles such as <i>ne</i> and <i>sa</i> to accomplish local pragmatic work. The study provides a conversation analytic, action-oriented account for the ubiquity of such particles in Japanese talk.<br />The study argues that such particles are important resources for Japanese speakers to negotiate and fine-tune particular conversational contingencies within the emerging sequential environment of the talk. Various examples show that prospective alignment and the negotiability of conversational next action are ever-present issues for Japanese conversationalists and are handled at the precise moment of their relevance through interlocutors’ deployment of <i>ne</i> and <i>sa</i>. This study thus adds to the literature on Japanese conversational interaction a novel understanding of particle use in its synthesis of functional linguistics and conversation analysis.

Subjects: Japanese linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Discourse studies

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