The use of first person pronouns by non-native speakers of Japanese

  • Author / Creator
    Carter, Barbara
  • 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.

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    Fall 2009
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Maheux-Pelletier, Geneviève (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Kabata, Kaori (East Asian Studies)
    • Commons, Anne (East Asian Studies)