Utterance-final conjunctive particles and implicature in Japanese conversation

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Title Utterance-final conjunctive particles and implicature in Japanese conversation
Author Haugh, Michael Bevan
Journal Name Pragmatics
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Belgium
Publisher International Pragmatics Association
Abstract According to the received view, connective particles are characterised as “bound grammatical markers” that connect two clauses into a 'sentence' (Matsumoto, Yo 1988: 345). As Fukushima (2005) points out though, these conjunctions have other functions that go beyond intra-sentential usage. Utterance-final conjunctive particles have been analysed thus far, for the most part, as a type of (clausal) ellipsis or as particles that give rise to various pragmatic effects. In this paper, it is suggested that an approach to utterance-final conjunctive particles that is grounded in the notion of implicature may offer a complementary perspective on this phenomenon. The notions of “(im)politeness implicature” and “interactional implicature” are utilised in order to discuss how utterance-final conjunctive particles may trigger inferences leading to various interpersonal and interactional effects. By carefully analysing the projection and uptake of these implicatures apparent in the sequential development of interpretings conjointly co-constituted in Japanese conversation, it is argued that the analysts' and participants' perspectives can be better reconciled to avoid the imposition of an analysis by the researcher which is not contingently relevant to those participants. It is argued that through such an analysis the manner in which linguistic and communicative perspectives on implicature can complement one another can be explored more fully.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=*HOME&n=1267
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 International Pragmatics Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 18
Issue Number 3
Page from 425
Page to 451
ISSN 1018-2101
Date Accessioned 2009-01-06
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Discourse and Pragmatics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22872
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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