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ERIC Number: ED398752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 12
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Non-Grammatical Reflexive Binding Phenomena: The Case of Japanese.
Sakakibara, Sonoko
Two non-syntactic phenomena of Japanese reflexive binding by "zibun" ("self") are analyzed with respect to a pragmatic use condition on "zibun," a culture-specific condition, and the Maxim of Politeness (Fukada 1986). The first phenomenon is the tendency by native speakers of Japanese to avoid referring to an honored person with "zibun" when the honored person's behavior described in the sentence is considered inappropriate. The second is that a sentence with the reflexive pronoun "zibun" can be ambiguous. It is proposed that a pragmatic use condition on the reflexive pronoun "zibun" is that its use is an act that involves a speaker's attributing responsibility to the referent of the reflexive pronoun for action expressed by the predicate of a sentence. Also as a culture specific condition, it is proposed that in Japanese culture, to attribute responsibility to an honored person for an inappropriate act is face-threatening for the honored person. the first phenomenon can be explained by the combination of the use condition, the culture-specific condition, and the Maxim of Politeness. The second phenomenon can be explained by the fact that each speaker holds a different belief about what is, or what is not, "approrpriate" behavior. Contains 13 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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