ERIC Number: ED464502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Functions of Discourse Markers in Japanese.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v6 n1 p147-162 Fall 2001
Through an examination of the discourse markers "ano" and "sono" in Japanese (commonly characterized as demonstrative adjectives but which cannot be used interchangeably in a context), this paper explores how these linguistic devices function in conversation found in Japanese writings. The focus of this analysis is the mental and social functions through which a speaker attempts to achieve an interpersonal rapport with a listener. In particular, it addresses why the speaker cannot use these discourse markers interchangeably in a context. Data reveal how the speaker distinguishes one discourse marker from another, depending on the focus of the utterance. Results show that the discourse markers are used as either a cataphoric marker or an anaphoric marker and that they help the speaker to focus on the particular utterance that may be important to the listener. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Foreign Language Education Program.