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Title: The limits of classification: a relevance theoretic re-assessment of Japanese causal discourse connectives
Author: Sasamoto, Ryoko
ISNI:       0000 0001 3553 4406
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis is concerned with a range of Japanese expressions which have been classified in traditional Japanese studies as marking causal relations between segments of discourse: dakara, sorede, tsumari, sunawachi, yahari and kekkyoku. I argue that this traditional approach, which has an affinity with coherence based analyses of (mostly) English discourse connectives, is not adequate either at a descriptive or an explanatory level. On the one hand, it predicts that expressions which fall into the same class are intersubstitutable in all contexts, which they are not. On the other hand, it cannot sxplain why expressions within a category are at once so similar and yet so different.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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