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An ’I’ for an ’I’… : the semantic development of the first person pronoun in Japanese

Palmroos, Tim LU (2010) JAPK11 20101
Japanese Studies
Abstract
By way of a diachronic analysis the semantic changes of Japanese first person pronouns will
be discussed. The goal of the analysis is to shine some light on the history and evolution of
Japanese pronouns in the first person and in so doing show that these pronouns have been
subjected to change semantically throughout history. To bolster the analysis research in the
form of a survey has been conducted specifically for the sake of this thesis. What the result of
the survey shows is that use of personal pronouns in the first person is still changing
semantically. With the results of the analysis and research as a foundation the end discussion
will mostly deal with how Japanese first person pronouns change and how they might be
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By way of a diachronic analysis the semantic changes of Japanese first person pronouns will
be discussed. The goal of the analysis is to shine some light on the history and evolution of
Japanese pronouns in the first person and in so doing show that these pronouns have been
subjected to change semantically throughout history. To bolster the analysis research in the
form of a survey has been conducted specifically for the sake of this thesis. What the result of
the survey shows is that use of personal pronouns in the first person is still changing
semantically. With the results of the analysis and research as a foundation the end discussion
will mostly deal with how Japanese first person pronouns change and how they might be
evolving in the future. (Less)
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author
Palmroos, Tim LU
supervisor
organization
course
JAPK11 20101
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
first person pronouns, boku, watashi, semantic change, ore, japanska
language
English
id
1621592
date added to LUP
2010-07-02 13:56:25
date last changed
2010-07-02 13:56:25
@misc{1621592,
  abstract     = {By way of a diachronic analysis the semantic changes of Japanese first person pronouns will
be discussed. The goal of the analysis is to shine some light on the history and evolution of
Japanese pronouns in the first person and in so doing show that these pronouns have been
subjected to change semantically throughout history. To bolster the analysis research in the
form of a survey has been conducted specifically for the sake of this thesis. What the result of
the survey shows is that use of personal pronouns in the first person is still changing
semantically. With the results of the analysis and research as a foundation the end discussion
will mostly deal with how Japanese first person pronouns change and how they might be
evolving in the future.},
  author       = {Palmroos, Tim},
  keyword      = {first person pronouns,boku,watashi,semantic change,ore,japanska},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {An ’I’ for an ’I’… : the semantic development of the first person pronoun in Japanese},
  year         = {2010},
}