An overview of the question-response system in Japanese

Makoto Hayashi

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Based on an examination of 350 question-response pairs identified across 10 different video-taped, face-to-face interactions among native speakers of Japanese, this paper presents an overview of the question-response system in Japanese conversation. Its descriptions focus on the lexical/morphosyntactic/prosodic resources used for question formulation, the range of action types commonly performed with question-formatted utterances, the kinds of methods used for next speaker selection, and the patterns of fittedness between questions and their responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2685-2702
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Actions
  • Answers
  • Fittedness
  • Formulations
  • Japanese
  • Questions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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