A STUDY OF JOSEIGO: GENDERED LANGUAGE OF JAPANESE WOMEN WORKERS IN UBUD
This study examines at joseigo (japanese women’s language) usage differences found in the conversations of two Japanese women who worked in formal and informal sector in Ubud and had varying ages. The research were conducted between July and August 2016. The corpus of data in this study is the conversation transcripts, interview results, questionnaire results, and observation results. Qualitatively approach, this study examines differences in the strategic use of joseigo’s linguistic features such as personal pronouns, adverbs, interjections, sentence-final forms, honorifics, and imperative sentences. The results showed that the level of formality is inversely proportional to the frequency of use of joseigo and the amount of variation used. In the speech data that the majority occur in the formal background, joseigoforms are used less frequently and less varied compared with speech data that the majority occur in the informal background. On a formal background, neutral language variants (without gender attributes) are more widely used.
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