Departmental Bulletin Paper 日本語疑問文の応答の冒頭に現れる「は」について : 係助詞から感動詞へ
On the Utterance-initial wa of Responses to Interrogatives: The Transition from Topic Marker to Discourse Marker

有田, 節子  ,  Setsuko, ARITA

(9)  , pp.1 - 22 , 2015-07 , 国立国語研究所
ISSN:2186-134x print/2186-1358 online
This paper deals with the phenomenon in which wa appears in Japanese conversation without preceding phrases (hereafter referred to as Bare-wa). I will show that the phenomenon raises fundamental questions about wa as a conventional topic marker, and then I will propose a new analysis of the phenomenon. I argue the specific function of Bare-wa in the discourse, which is not seen for case particles, on an assumption that Bare-wa is identical to topic marker wa, and that the utterance-initial wa, especially, acquires an interjectional function because it is inspired by a focuspresenting function indigenous to its topic marking usage.

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