The Pragmatics of Uncertainty

Its Realisation and Interpretation in English and Japanese

  • Noriko TANAKA / 2001.3
  • JPY 5,333 / A5 size, paperback, 300 pages

How is “tacit understanding” transmitted? How can we avoid “misunderstanding”? What is the conversation law that takes “misunderstanding” as a disadvantage? What is the conversation that produces empathy? Practical analysis of “ambiguity” according to daily scenes. The first book which studied data analysis of television interview program and studied “word theory”. Besides helping to improve intercultural communication skills, it gives great suggestions to all fields where dialogue is important.
(ISBN 4921146225)

indexes

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
OUTLINE/THE INDETERMINACY OF ILLOCUTIONARY FORCE/THE MOTIVATION FOR USING INDIRECTNESS OF AMBIVALENCE/THE AGE OF STUDY
CHAPTER 2 CHOOSING NOT TO EXPRESS IT CLEARLY:THE CASE OF AMBIVARENCE AND OOC
INTRODUCTION/AMBIVALENCE/OPTING OUT CHOICE/CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 3 UNCERTAINTY WITHIN A GIVEN ACTIVITY TYPE:THE CASE OF A TVINTERVIEW
INTRODUCTION/DATA/ROLES OF PARTICIPANTS/THE INTERVIEWER‘UNCERTAINTY’AS A STRATEGY/CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 4 COPING WITH UNCERTAINTY WITHIN A GIVEN ACTIVITY TYPE:THE CASE OF A TV INTERVIEW
INTRODUCTION/THE INTERVIEWEE/COOPERATION AT DIFFERENT LEVELS/EXPECTATION OF EXPLICITNESS/IMPLICITNESS/CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 5 SOME OTHER REALISATIONS OF UNCERTAINTY: THE CASE OF JAPANESE
INTRODUCTION/DATA/LEAVING A SENTENCE INCOMPLETE/ENDING A SENTENCE INCOMPLETE/ENDING A SENTENCE WITH A‘SENTENCE FINAL PARTICLE’/CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 6 PRAGMATIC FAILURE IN UNCERTAINTY: IN CROSSCULTURAL INTERACTION
INTRODUCTION/SITUATION-OR ACTIVITY TYPE-SPECIFIC USE OF AN UTTERANCE/DIFFERENT CONCEPT AND REALISATION OF A CERTAIN SPEECH ACT/DIFFERENT NORMS OF INTERACTION/CONCLUSION
CHAPTER 7 CONCLUSION

author

Noriko TANAKA
She received her Ph.D. in philology from University of Lancaster. Assistant Professor of the Faculty of foreign languages at Meikai University.

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