Aspects of Japanese discourse structure by John Hinds

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Roughly, if the speaker is talking to a superior, he uses ch: to refer to himself; if he is speaking to an inferior or equal, he uses na to refer to himself. In most European languages, this kind of distinction is made with 25 26 ASPECTS OF JAPANESE DISCOURSE STRUCTURE second person pronoun choice, although in these cases there is usually some confusion because the more polite form is also the second person plural form. Thus, in German and French, du and tu are used to intimates, while Ste and onus are used to nonintimates and superiors.

The reticu- lum is a development and modification of proposals introduced independently by Taber (1966) and Ross (1970). Its purpose is to Ill. THE FRAMEWORK 27 indicate the relationships between participants in a conversation and the structure ofdiscourse. The Registry In many respects, the registry serves much the same function as a dictionary or encyclopedia in a sentence grammar. It contains information which enables the language user to function properly in his society. It is a list of concepts.

THE FRAMEWORK 27 indicate the relationships between participants in a conversation and the structure ofdiscourse. The Registry In many respects, the registry serves much the same function as a dictionary or encyclopedia in a sentence grammar. It contains information which enables the language user to function properly in his society. It is a list of concepts. If a concept is properly listed, or registered, that concept may be deleted, definitized, pronominalized, or topicalized, providing other relevant conditions are met.

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