On the use of futsū-ni 'ordinarily/usually' with a new twist

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2019-05

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Ohio State University. Libraries

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This study deals with expressions containing the adverb futsū-ni 'ordinarily/usually' in Japanese. In the last decade this adverb gained more meanings that it did not have before. This expanded meaning of futsū-ni has become extremely common among relatively young people. This study tries to find out some of the meanings that this adverb can include by using corpus data and a questionnaire. The results indicate that this new use of futsū-ni has been utilized in a statement that is made with a reason, cause, or situation that is believed to be common to most people in the language community.

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Futsū-ni, adverbs, Japanese language

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Wakita, Saori. "On the use of futsū-ni 'ordinarily/usually' with a new twist." Buckeye East Asian Linguistics, vol. 4 (May 2019), p. 79-89.