Date/Time: Tue 02 Aug / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Seminar Series
On the use of case particles in Japanese: A quantitative analysis of data from corpora and experiments
This study investigates what kind of and how linguistic and external-linguistic factors affect a choice of linguistic variants in language use. In Japanese, we observe a variable use of case particles, and one of the cases is the particles -ga and -no to mark a subject in some subordinate clauses.
In historical linguistics of Japanese, it is recognized that the distribution of the particles –ga and –no has been changing for more than 500 years toward a complementary distribution.
Satoshi Nambu is currently a post-doctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, primarily engaging in his research at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan. His primary area of research is Japanese linguistics, mainly conducting quantitative analyses of data from corpora and experiments in order to pursue answers to questions on language use. His recent research focuses on language variation in Japanese, such as case alternation, from sociolinguistic, theoretical and psycholinguistic points of view.
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