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The role of the overt expression of first and second person subject in Japanese

Lee, Duck-Young; Yonezawa, Yoko


While much attention has previously been paid to the well-known phenomenon of subject omission in Japanese, the flip side of the same phenomenon - namely, cases where the subjects are overtly expressed, in particular even in typical environments for the omission - has been neglected in the literature of Japanese linguistics. Focusing on first and second person subjects, the current study details the role of their overt use in conversations, and shows that in addition to the function in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2007.06.004


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