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ERIC Number: EJ857964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Morphophonological Variability and Form-Function Regularity: A Usage-Based Approach to the Japanese Modal Adverb "Yahari/Yappari/Yappa"
Shinzato, Rumiko; Masuda, Kyoko
Language Sciences, v31 n6 p813-836 Nov 2009
Based on corpora and survey studies in the framework of a usage-based model, this paper claims that morphophonological variations of the Japanese adverb ("yahari," "yappari," "yappa") are not "free" variations, as treated previously. Positionally, "yahari" is predominant in utterance-internal positions, while "yappari" and "yappa" appear utterance-initially/finally. Functionally, "yahari" is a sentential adverb ("as expected/after all"), while "yappari" and "yappa" show emerging pragmatic functions (e.g., filler). Semantically, (inter)subjectivity increases from "yahari" to "yappari" then to "yappa." This paper argues that such differences are correlated with phonological shapes (e.g., the mora obstruent /Q/), and are motivated by the principles of iconicity. (Contains 1 figure and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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