Designing an Opinion for its (Local) Context

Hauser, Eric
December 2010
Human Studies;Dec2010, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p395
Academic Journal
Four opinions about what Japanese people are like are analyzed. The four opinions are formulated, in English, by two students during a group discussion in an English class at a Japanese university. The analysis shows how the opinions are designed to fit different levels of the context, in particular the unfolding local sequential context. It is also shown how they may be understood as drawing on, though not determined by, the genre of Nihonjinron (theory of Japaneseness) as a resource.


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