Grammar in Use across Time and Space

Deconstructing the Japanese ‘dative subject’ construction

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This monograph contains the first systematic investigation of the Japanese ‘dative subject’ construction across time and space. It demonstrates that, in order to capture what speakers/writers know about how to put an utterance or a clause together, it is necessary to pay attention to what they do in actual language use and in different discourse types. The work also shows the importance of diachronic perspectives to help us better understand the ways in which a particular grammatical structure is represented synchronically. By utilizing modern Japanese conversation, contemporary Japanese novels, and a pre-modern and modern Japanese literature corpus, the study highlights the role of ‘dative subjects’ at the semantic and discourse-pragmatic levels. Specifically, it demonstrates that what has been considered to be a most ‘grammatical’ aspect of Japanese actually turns out to be rather pragmatically oriented.

[Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 20]  2007.  xiv, 212 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
ix
List of figures
xi
Acknowledgments
xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–37
1.1. Overview
1
1.2. Previous approaches
6
1.3. Theoretical approach
31
1.4. Goals
36
1.5. Organization
36
Chapter 2. Data and methodology
39–70
2.1. Introduction
39
2.2. Spoken versus written
39
2.3. Modern Japanese discourse data
49
2.4. Criteria for selecting the dative subject construction in discourse
52
2.5. Examples of coding clauses
63
2.6 Summary
70
Chapter 3. The dative subject construction in naturally occurring conversation
71–107
3.1. Introduction
71
3.2. Overall distribution
72
3.3. Clauses with or without overt core argument NPs
74
3.4. Clauses with no overt core argument NPs
80
3.5. Clauses with one overt core argument NP
94
3.6. Marking of NPs
97
3.7. The characteristics of "dative subjects" in naturally occurring conversation
102
3.8 Summary
107
Chapter 4. The dative subject construction in contemporary Japanese novels
109–132
4.1. Introduction
109
4.2. Overall distribution
110
4.3. Clauses with or without overt core argument NPs
112
4.4. Clauses with one overt core argument NP
115
4.5. Clauses with no overt core argument NPs
119
4.6. Marking of NPs
123
4.7. The characteristics of "dative subjects" in contemporary Japanese novels
125
4.8 Summary
131
Chapter 5. "Dative subjects" across time: An examination of pre-modern and modern Japanese texts
133–170
5.1. Introduction
133
5.2. The history of the Japanese language: The divergence and convergence of spoken and written Japanese
134
5.3. Data
137
5.4. Ni-marked NP1s in pre-modern and modern Japanese texts
140
5.5 Summary
170
Chapter 6. Conclusion
171–184
6.1. Introduction
171
6.2. Summary
171
6.3. The semantic and pragmatic enrichment of ni-marked NP1s
173
6.4. Implications
180
6.5. Suggestions for further studies
182
Appendix A: List of abbreviations
185–186
Appendix B: Transcription symbols
187
References
189–203
Author index
205–207
Subject index
209–212
“This monograph is the first systematic investigation of the 'dative subject' construction in Japanese across time and space. [...] Misumi Sadler's monograph provides fascinating new perspectives on the Japanese dative subject construction across space and time. This is certainly a significant contribution in the area of historical pragmatics as well as Japanese linguistics.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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