This book focuses on how participants in Japanese conversation negotiate and achieve joint courses of action within a single turn at talk. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis as a central framework, this book describes in detail the structures and procedures used by Japanese speakers to jointly produce a coherent grammatical unit-in-progress, and explores the range of social actions that speakers accomplish by employing that practice. This study is part of a larger project intended to investigate how humans achieve intricate coordination of their behavior with that of co-participants in everyday social encounters and how language plays a constitutive part in making such micro-level social coordination possible. Through a close examination of joint utterance construction in Japanese, this book contributes to a growing body of research into the mutual influence between the grammatical organization of language and the organization of situated human conduct in social interaction.
1. Table of contents; 2. Acknowledgments; 3. 1. Introduction; 4. 2. Preliminaries; 5. 3. Activity, participation, and joint utterance construction; 6. 4. Grammar and opportunities for joint turn construction; 7. 5. Language and the body as resources for socially coordinated participation in situated activities; 8. 6. Postposition-initiated utterances: An interactional account of a grammatical practice; 9. 7. Conclusion; 10. Notes; 11. References; 12. Appendix; 13. Name index; 14. Subject index