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Multi-modal expressivity of the Japanese response particle Huun: Displaying involvement without topical engagement

Tanaka, H (2010) 'Multi-modal expressivity of the Japanese response particle Huun: Displaying involvement without topical engagement.' In: Barth-Weingarten, D and Reber, E and Selting, M, (eds.) Prosody in Interaction. Studies in Discourse and Grammar . John Benjamins, 303 - 332. ISBN 9789027226334

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Abstract

Of the half a dozen non-lexical response particles in Japanese sharing significant properties with Oh in English, this chapter focuses on a single feature of one such particle Huun, namely that of displaying involvement with ongoing talk without topical engagement, while making relevant a topic shift. A multimodal approach is taken to demonstrate that a free-standing Huun can be enlisted to withhold an explicit evaluative stand while simultaneously displaying attentiveness, if not profound affective alignment, with current talk, partly through harnessing its potentially rich expressivity. Participant reactions suggest the particle may even be treated ?as if ? a fully fledged, lexicalized turn. Furthermore, multimodal resources can be combined with the occasioning of Huun to gradually lead to topic attrition.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 15:01
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5213

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