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Logophoric first-person terms in Japanese and generalized conversational implicatures

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Microsoft Word - bls37_287_Nishida.doc Logophoric first-person terms in Japanese and generalized conversational implicatures Author(s): Koichi Nishida Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (2013), pp. 287-299 Editors: Chundra Cathcart, I-Hsuan Chen, Greg Finley, Shinae Kang, Clare S. Sandy, and Elise Stickles Please contact BLS regarding any further use of this work. BLS retains copyright for both print and screen forms of the publication. BLS may be contacted via The Annual Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society is published online via eLanguage, the Linguistic Society of America's digital publishing platform. 287 Logophoric First-person Terms in Japanese and Generalized Conversational Implicatures KOICHI NISHIDA Shimonoseki City University This article discusses the logophoric reading of first-person terms (FPTs) like watasi ‘I ’ in Japanese, both in and out of complement clauses, showing that it is a case of what Levinson (2000) calls “generalized conversational implicatures ” (GCIs). I will show where, how and why the Gricean Maxim of Quantity can derive the logophoric reading of Japanese FPTs. This article is organized as follows. Section 1 shows typological evidence for a link between FPTs and logophoric terms. Section 2 focuses on Japanese FPTs occurring in the complement clauses of verbs of communication, developing Hasegawa and Hirose ’s (2005) argument that Japanese has two types of FPTs that correspond to two aspects of the speaker ’s Self, i.e. the private Self and the public Self. Section 3 deals with Japanese FPTs occurring in article titles, which take the form of noun phrases modified by relative clauses. Section 4 discusses the theo- retical implications of this study. Section 5 concludes this article. 1 A Typological Observation Typlogically, there are languages in which FPTs can be used as

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