How to argue in Japanese: A systemic functional interpretation of the logico-semantic relations in Japanese expression

Motoki Sano, Elizabeth Thomson

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a case study of the logico-semantic relations in a set of selected Japanese expository texts. The logico-semantic relations are classified according to Halliday's (1994) categorisation. The study shows that the logico-semantic relation of 'enhancement' plays a central role in the method of development of exposition. Furthermore, it sheds light on the social purpose of Japanese exposition ' 'to present an argument and ask the reader to share the same idea with the writer'. Although paragraphing in Japanese is often considered very flexible and up to the writer, the study shows that the boundaries between paragraphs often correlate with the boundaries between groups that are connected by logico-semantic relations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystemic functional perspectives of Japanese
    Subtitle of host publicationDescriptions and applications
    EditorsElizabeth A Thomson, William S Armour
    Place of PublicationSheffield, United Kingdom
    PublisherEquinox Publishing
    Chapter2
    Pages23-64
    Number of pages42
    ISBN (Print)9781845530532
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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