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Formulaic Expressions, Chinese Proverbs, and Newspaper Editorials: Exploring Type and Token Interdiscursivity in Japanese Wedding Speeches
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2006)
  • Cynthia Dunn, University of Northern Iowa
Abstract
This article elucidates the distinction between type and token interdiscursivity (Silverstein 2005) through an analysis of Japanese wedding speeches. Type interdiscursivity is genre defining, involving the use of speech formulae to frame the performance as an instance of the wedding speech genre. By contrast, token interdiscursivity in these speeches involves the artful insertion of quoted texts that are reinterpreted in the wedding speech context. Through a process of citation, quotation, and exegesis, speakers construct the replicated text as authoritative and borrow the authority of prior speakers for their own rhetorical purposes. Both forms of interdiscursivity allow speakers to use existing cultural resources to create new texts that are simultaneously appropriate, authoritative, and creative.
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Publication Date
December, 2006
DOI
10.1525/jlin.2006.16.2.153
Citation Information
Cynthia Dunn. "Formulaic Expressions, Chinese Proverbs, and Newspaper Editorials: Exploring Type and Token Interdiscursivity in Japanese Wedding Speeches" Journal of Linguistic Anthropology Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (2006) p. 153 - 172 ISSN: 1055-1360
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cynthia-dunn/6/