Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

DOI

10.1177/1461445617706592

Publication Title

Discourse Studies

Volume

19

Issue

4

Pages

402-421

Abstract

Japanese conversations are known to contain a large amount of unexpressed information. When a speaker speaks with elliptical information, he or she assumes that the addressee will understand what is not overtly expressed based on the knowledge that is supposed to be shared textually, personally or culturally. The addressee, on the other hand, must determine what is not being expressed overtly using such shared knowledge. At the heart of this kind of communication is the existence of trust assumed among the interlocutors. Using the term 'entrustment', we will examine how one particular Japanese formulaic construction, [Noun (da) yo Noun ], 'It's Noun, you know, Noun', indexes mutual trust to manage conversational interaction. We will argue that this meta-pragmatic awareness needs to be recognized beyond surface interactional patterns identified in conversation.

Comments

This is the author's post-print (post–peer review, pre-copyediting version) of the article published in Discourse Studies. Published citation:

Kaneyasu, M., & Iwasaki, S. (2017). Indexing 'entrustment': An analysis of the Japanese formulaic construction [N da yo N]. Discourse Studies, 19(4), 402-421. doi:10.1177/1461445617706592

ORCID

0000-0002-7183-9888 (Kaneyasu)

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