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.
|Title of host publication||Systemic functional perspectives of Japanese|
|Subtitle of host publication||Descriptions and applications|
|Editors||Elizabeth A Thomson, William S Armour|
|Place of Publication||Sheffield, United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||42|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|