Departmental Bulletin Paper 日本語の呼びかけ語の機能 : 会話管理の観点から
The Function of Japanese Vocatives : From the Perspective of Conversation Management

東出, 朋

3pp.63 - 76 , 2015-09-25 , 九州大学大学院地球社会統合科学府
This paper focuses on the function of Japanese vocatives, from the perspective of conversation management in natural discourse, based on Kobayashi's (2002) classification of where they occur in an utterance. My results reveal that vocatives are mostly used at the initial and post-initial position of an utterance, help get the attention of the hearer, involve them in the interaction and also function as an introductory remark for the next utterance. There are alternatives to using introductory remarks, but vocatives have a strong denotational meaning, and therefore can get the attention of the hearer irrespective of where they occur, whilst at the same time clearly demonstrating the speaker's awareness of the hearer.

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