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Intimacy and Discourse Development -Focus on the situations of disagreement-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (77), pp.199-217
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..77.201805.199
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : March 14, 2018
  • Accepted : May 9, 2018
  • Published : May 31, 2018

Kim, Ah-Ran 1

1조치대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study reveals that the way dissent is expressed varies according to the degree of intimacy between the parties involved. An analysis of natural conversations between Japanese college students yielded these findings: first, in contexts with ahighdegree of intimacy, dissenters explicitly expressed their disagreement, using linguistic forms such as demo [‘but’], iya [‘no’], and/or rated the other person’s opinion negatively. There were also instances of utterances designed to elicit the other person’s counterargument, as well as instances of dissenters securing a psychological distance through a shift in speech style from the plain to the polite form. Contexts with amediumorlowdegree of intimacy shared several features, such as the fact that dissenters only partially negated the other person’s opinion, and that when dissenters expressed their own opinions, they used a large amount of fillers. However, some differences were also observed between these two groups. Inmediumintimacy contexts, while dissenters expressed partial agreement with the other person, they did not change their own opinions. Inlowintimacy contexts, on the other hand, dissenters ultimately expressed an opinion or personal story that supported the other person’s opinion, and then ended the conversation.

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