ERIC Number: ED432154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-4
Style Shifting from "Hyojungo" to Osaka-ben.
A study examined the shift from standard spoken Japanese to dialect and compared it to the shift from formal to informal forms, within the context of several theories of code-switching and style-shifting. A five-minute segment was taken from a 30-minute conversation between three female native Japanese-speakers, all familiar with the Osaka dialect. The conversation was analyzed for use of the Osaka dialect (Osaka-ben), although the conversation was generally in the more standard "hyojungo." Contexts in which the dialect was used and impressions or implications created by its use are examined. It is concluded that Osaka-ben was used by the speakers when showing concern for each other, making corrections, and adding a sudden thought. In each case, the reasons for shifting to the dialect was the same as that for shifting from formal to informal usage, as explained by three theories. (Contains 8 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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