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Subject/Keyword
Japanese
second language acquisition
first person pronouns
Japanese linguistics
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Carter, Barbara
Supervisor and department
Kabata, Kaori (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Commons, Anne (East Asian Studies)
Maheux-Pelletier, Geneviève (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Kabata, Kaori (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-09-23T17:10:11Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Spoken and written data were analysed to examine the use of first person pronouns (1PP) in Japanese by non-native speakers (NNS), and then compared to 1PP use by native speakers (NS). For English NS who are used to obligatory subjects in their L1, Japanese 1PP poses challenges since Japanese 1PP are used rarely by NS and often brought about by pragmatic motivations. The results indicated that NNS initially overuse 1PP but their frequency of use becomes closer to that of NS over time. When looking at the postpositional particles used, similarities existed between NNS and NS in the written data. However, NNS in the spoken data more closely resembled the written NS data than the spoken data when marking the subject or topic. It was also found that NNS most often used 1PP for emphasis in the written data and for referential reasons in the spoken.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3Z05F
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License granted by Barbara Carter (blcarter@ualberta.ca) on 2009-09-21T23:56:35Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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