Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN 1018-2101
  • E-ISSN: 2406-4238



The present study examined the recordings of naturally occurring conversations among native speakers of Japanese, and analyzed the cases of ‘no’ that are uttered in response to yes-no questions. The analysis has shown that can be uttered in response to a yes-no question even when the response to the question is ‘yes,’ as long as the propositional information that follows signals ‘yes’ to the question. When prefaces a response of ‘yes,’ the speaker can express a stronger message of ‘yes’ since it creates a pragmatic effect of expressing along with signaling ‘yes’ with the propositional information that follows .


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): agreement; disagreement; iya; Japanese; pragmatics; presumption; yes-no question
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