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ERIC Number: ED317052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 37
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Iconicity in Discourse: The Case of Repetition in Japanese.
Ishikawa, Minako
This analysis of repeated utterances in Japanese conversational discourse focuses on repetition as an expression of iconicity. In the analysis of a 30-minute conversation among 4 Japanese speakers, the iconic meanings expressed by both reduplication and conversational repetition are highlighted. The iconicity characteristic of conversational data is also demonstrated, recognizing a different form-meaning relationship in discourse from that in reduplication. It is argued that the functions of repetition in discourse demonstrated in earlier work with English can also be seen as iconicity. The iconic meanings in discourse parallel to those in morphology, expressed by repetition in form, are intensity, iteration, and continuation. Due to the multi-dimensional character of discourse, repeated utterances iconically correspond to the repeated idea and stance of participants, creating interactional iconicity. It is concluded that examples of iconicity serve as evidence for a strong correspondence between form and meaning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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