Grammar in Use across Time and Space

Deconstructing the Japanese ‘dative subject’ construction

Misumi Sadler | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ISBN 9789027226303 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027291745 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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.
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“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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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007031006 | Marc record