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A Glimpse into Japanese Vocabulary Expressions and Imagery Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic as Reflected in Modern Japanese Popular Tanka -Focused on Collocation-

  • 日本硏究
  • 2024, (60), pp.55-76
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2024.02.60.55
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : January 4, 2024
  • Accepted : January 24, 2024
  • Published : February 20, 2024

Ito, Takao 1

1弘益大学 造形学部 助教授, 日韓対照言語学, 意味論

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ABSTRACT

This study aimed to investigate one aspect of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in the field of language as evidenced in contemporary Japanese popular songs tanka, which encapsulate the Japanese people’s genuine emotions. Currently, tanka enjoy popularity particularly among the younger generation in Japan, with a wealth of works accessible primarily via social media. These compositions are viewed as significant cultural and linguistic resources, providing insights into modern Japanese individuals’ psyches and linguistic expressions. Consequently, this research involved collecting tanka compositions employing terms such as “corona” and “corona pandemic.” The study aimed to emphasize how individuals have encapsulated their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic using specific vocabulary and imagery, with a particular focus on the collocations associated with these terms. To achieve the research objectives, the author first identified frequently used vocabulary and analyzed the imagery associated with each term in various works. The analytical results enabled an exploration of the imagery linked to various terms that are difficult to discern through mere dictionary interpretation, as well as the evolving patterns on the linguistic landscape brought about by COVID-19. Next, the works’ contents were analyzed, with a focus on frequently occurring words. It was found that the images evoked by words such as “wife” were as they had always been; however, words such as “mask” and “COVID-19 pandemic” are difficult to grasp based solely on dictionary definitions due to the evocation of additional or expanded images.

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