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Review on Discourse Analysis of Requests on Kedo Interrupted Speech Expressions and Their Functions and Burdens

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2020, (86), pp.25-41
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..86.202008.25
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : May 31, 2020
  • Accepted : July 24, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Okonogi, Erina 1

1고려대학교 일반대학원 중일어문학과 박사과정

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ABSTRACT

Interrupted speech expressions are one of the methods of communication used in Japanese to interact without finishing a sentence, through the use ofby using utterances. This study focuses on the function and burden of expressions of interrupted speech, kedo, in Japanese native speakers’ conversations. Kedo can be divided into two functions: providing information and requesting information. In this study,The researcher has observed 148 kinds of ways of providing information and 40 ways ofof requesting information were observed. Thus, Iit was found that providing information in kedo is more often usedcommon than requesting information. Similarly, the use of introduction, body, and conclusion in a conversation was more present in providing information than requesting information. Furthermore, it appeared that the higher the burden of the request was, the higher the kedo’s usage rate augmented, varying from 56 ats its lowest to 132 ats its highest. The reason behind these results is that kedo has a function ofcan reduceing the burden felt when requesting something. From these outcomes, it was found thatTherefore, Japanese native speakers can ease the burden felt by the other party tothrough the use of provideing information and self-avoidance while using kedo when the discourse’s body is being developed.

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