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The Analysis of Humble Languages in Business Japanese Textbook

Cho, Nam sung 1

1한밭대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper examined humble languages used in Business Japanese textbooks (10 kinds). The key results are as follows: (1) Humble languages have been using 2.7 times more than respectful languages in Business Japanese textbooks. (2) While Business Japanese textbooks reflect all of the N4-level humble languages, it doesn't reflect much of N1〜N2-level ones, especially prefixes. (3) From the number of humble languages to be used, o/go -suru, -teoru, mousu comprise 39.1% of the whole, which represents preferential usage. (4) The average duty cycle of humble languages(35 ones) in the textbook has 50.9%, which means diverse humble languages are not used. It is recognized that humble languages in Business Japanese Textbooks are not used much but used with unequal distribution without their diversity. It is hopeful that this could be the informative guide to frame and develop textbooks in the future. It is, however, judged that the above results came from giving priority to the actually needed business scenes and putting emphasis on the more natural conversations, and so it shows the preferential usage is the first thing to guide.

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