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Other title
Subject/Keyword
variants
Japanese
evidential
souda
sooda
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Miyaguchi, Tetsuya
Supervisor and department
Ono, Tsuyoshi
Examining committee member and department
Li, Xiaoting (East Asian Studies)
Ono, Tsuyoshi (East Asian Studies)
Commons, Anne (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
Japanese language and linguistics
Date accepted
2016-12-02T13:52:38Z
Graduation date
2017-06:Spring 2017
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In the Japanese language, it is known that when the evidential -soo da ‘looks like’ connects to a negative predicate, an additional element sa occasionally appears between the negative marker and -soo da, giving rise to two different forms, -na-soo da and -nasa-soo da. An example is shown below: ame ga fura-na(sa)-soo da rain NOM fall NEG(sa) it-looks-like ‘It looks like it is not going to rain.’ While previous studies consider that -na-soo da and -nasa-soo da do not differ in meaning or use, regarding them simply as ‘variants,’ these two forms actually seem to give somewhat different impressions; in the case of -nasa-soo da, it sounds as if the speaker is speaking with some form of certainty, while on the other hand -na-soo da sounds as if the speaker is speaking based on their intuition. This study looks into the possibility that the so-called ‘variants’ -na-soo da and -nasa-soo da actually differ in meaning and use. With my hypothesis that ‘visual evidence’ and ‘length of time to process information’ play some roles in the speaker’s choice between the two forms, I will use a questionnaire survey to look at how speakers choose between the two forms. Based on the results, I will show how the use of -na-soo da and -nasa-soo da may vary according to these factors.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R34X54V24
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