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This book is the first collection of studies on Japanese modality written in English. It presents a review of Japanese modality studies as well as important new material that addresses the issues of its scope, its nature, and its conceptualization. The book offers specialists of Japanese a valuable tool to explore the broad range of perspectives adopted in a long tradition of scholarly inquiry on the subject, such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, SLA, interaction analysis, in synchronic and diachronic, and comparative approaches. Through the study of its instantiation in the Japanese language, the volume raises the ontological question of what modality is and is not, and to what extent research tagged under the same nominal category refers to commensurate phenomena in other languages. This question is relevant to all linguistic research, and this collection of studies on modariti offers a stimulating contrast to existing studies on Western languages.


Description

This book is the first collection of studies on Japanese modality written in English. It presents a review of Japanese modality studies as well as important new material that addresses the issues of its scope, its nature, and its conceptualization. The book offers specialists of Japanese a valuable tool to explore the broad range of perspectives adopted in a long tradition of scholarly inquiry on the subject, such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, SLA, interaction analysis, in synchronic and diachronic, and comparative approaches. Through the study of its instantiation in the Japanese language, the volume raises the ontological question of what modality is and is not, and to what extent research tagged under the same nominal category refers to commensurate phenomena in other languages. This question is relevant to all linguistic research, and this collection of studies on modariti offers a stimulating contrast to existing studies on Western languages.


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction; B.Pizziconi& M.Kizu
PART I: CONTEXTUALIZING AND DEFINING JAPANESE MODALITY
Modality, Modaritii and Predication – The Story of Modality in Japan; H.Narrog
Modality from a Japanese Perspective; T.Masuoka
West Meets East: A Kindaichian Approach to Subjective Modality; L.Larm
What Is and Is Not Language-Specific About the Japanese Modal System? - A Comparative and Historical Perspective; T.Moriya& K.Horie
PART II: JAPANESE MODALITY FROM SEMANTIC AND SYNTACTIC PERSPECTIVE
Tense and Settledness in Japanese Conditionals; S.Arita
Conditional Modality: Two Types of Modal Auxiliaries in Japanese; Y.Takubo
Japanese Modals and the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface; M.Kizu
PART III: JAPANESE MODALITY IN DISCOURSE
On Noun Phrases as Minor Sentences in Japanese; T.Shin'ya
The Acquisition of Japanese Modality During the Study Abroad; S.Watanabe& N.Iwasaki
The Interactional Consequences of Epistemic Indexicality - Some Thoughts on the Epistemic Marker -Kamoshirenai; B.Pizziconi
Index


Authors

BARBARA PIZZICONI carried out her studies in Italy and Japan. She is currently a lecturer in Japanese Applied Linguistics in the Japan and Korean Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. Her research covers Japanese politeness, Japanese language learning, and native and non-native Japanese language use.

MIKA KIZU completed her doctorate in linguistics at McGill University, Canada. She is currently a lecturer in Japanese in the Department of Japan and Korea, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. She is the author of Cleft Constructions in Japanese Syntax (Palgrave Macmillan).