Volume 34, Issue 1
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This study explores the role of cross-speaker repetition in creating interpersonal connections between interactants in Japanese. The analysis focuses on Japanese non-reciprocal conversations between ‘senior’ and ‘junior’ interactants, where the are normatively expected to speak using the honorific / markers. The analysis demonstrates that in such conversations, the sometimes drop the honorific markers while repeating the ’s utterances, thereby momentarily transcending the vertical boundary separating them from the . Two types of plain form repetition are presented: (1) the repeat the ’s funny and/or questionable comments to savor the expressions, and (2) the repeat the ’s ideas, wishes or assessments to synchronize with the . The analysis explicates how cross-speaker repetition allows the to drop the honorific markers in a way that is acceptable to the . This study underscores the significance of the cross-speaker repetition device for creating harmonious relationships in Japanese.


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