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A study on ‘Mosu’ in Ujishuimonogatari - focusing on ‘Mosu’-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2017, (72), pp.131-145
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..72.201702.131
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 24, 2016
  • Accepted : January 22, 2017
  • Published : February 28, 2017

Do, Ki Jeong 1

1남서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The central purpose of the current paper is to show the usage of ‘Mosu’ in the Ujishuimonogatari written in the Kamakura Period. ‘Mosu’ is a typical honorific usage of language used in the Heian Period to express politeness and respect to people with a higher status. It had been inherited to the following Kamakura Period. However, the usage of ‘Mosu’ in this period changed in a couple of respects. First, it was found that ‘Mosu’ was used in dialogues, in contrast to the Heian Period, to refer to the third person. ‘Mosu’ was also used in texts with an aim at an effect of formality.

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