Linguistic Creativity in Japanese Discourse: Exploring the multiplicity of self, perspective, and voice (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 159)

Linguistic Creativity in Japanese Discourse: Exploring the multiplicity of self, perspective, and voice (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 159)

By: Senko K. Maynard (author)Hardback

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Using theoretical concepts of self, perspective, and voice as an interpretive guide, and based on the Place of Negotiation theory, this volume explores the phenomenon of linguistic creativity in Japanese discourse, i.e., the use of language in specific ways for foregrounding personalized expressive meanings. Personalized expressive meanings include psychological, emotive, interpersonal, and rhetorical aspects of communication, encompassing broad meanings such as feelings of intimacy or distance, emotion, empathy, humor, playfulness, persona, sense of self, identity, rhetorical effects, and so on. Nine analysis chapters explore the meanings, functions, and effects observable in the indices of linguistic creativity, focusing on discourse creativity (style mixture, borrowing others' styles, genre mixture), rhetorical creativity (puns, metaphors, metaphors in multimodal discourse), and grammatical creativity (negatives, demonstratives, first-person references). Based on the analysis of verbal and visual data drawn from multiple genres of contemporary cultural discourse, this work reveals that by creatively expressing in language we share our worlds from multiple perspectives, we speak in self's and others' many voices, and we endlessly create personalized expressive meanings as testimony to our own sense of being.


1. Preface and acknowledgments; 2. Part I. Preliminaries; 3. Introduction; 4. Background; 5. Approaches; 6. Part II. Discourse creativity: Styles and genres; 7. Style mixture and the use of rhetorical sentences; 8. Borrowing others' styles and manipulating styles-in-transit; 9. Genre mixture between conversation and text; 10. Part III. Rhetorical creativity: Humor and figures; 11. Puns and intertextuality; 12. Mitate, futaku, and the macro-metaphor; 13. Metaphors in multimodal discourse; 14. Part IV. Grammatical creativity: Sentences and phrases; 15. Negatives for non-negative effects; 16. Demonstratives and the perspectivization of discourse worlds; 17. First-person references and the perspectivization of multiple selves; 18. Part V. Reflections; 19. Linguistic creativity in Japanese discourse and beyond; 20. Appendix: Presentation of data in Japanese orthography; 21. Notes; 22. References; 23. Data references; 24. Author index; 25. Subject index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027254023
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 356
  • ID: 9789027254023
  • weight: 820
  • ISBN10: 9027254028

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