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How Foreign Residents Evaluate “Foreigner Talk” —Focusing on both “emotion” and “understanding”—

  • 日本硏究
  • 2023, (59), pp.7-29
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2023.08.59.07
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : July 7, 2023
  • Accepted : July 27, 2023
  • Published : August 20, 2023

KWON EUNHEE 1

1小樽商科大學

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study focused on the linguistic behavior of native Japanese speakers in non-face-to-face contact situations. To clarify foreigners’ evaluation of Foreigner Talk(FT), we conducted an evaluation survey of ten FTs among 110 foreign residents. The results showed that the FT most likely to fail in conveying consideration was “informal form,” “comprehension confirmation,” “particle omission,” and “Anata,” while that most likely to fail in conveying meaning was “comprehension confirmation” and “informal form.” In addition, we were able to confirm that there are differences in evaluation depending on whether the evaluation is based on the emotional or comprehension aspect, and we were also able to verify that the evaluation can differ even for the same FT depending on the level of their Japanese. This suggests that the use of FT with foreigners cannot be considered generally effective or ineffective and that factors such as foreigners’ Japanese language level and their linguistic and cultural spheres must be considered. However, because most survey participants in this study were native Korean speakers, it must be noted that the survey results may be characteristic of Koreans. In the future, it will be necessary to conduct surveys targeting foreigners from more diverse language cultures and Japanese language levels and to further investigate other types of FT.

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