Kita’s usage in spoken discourse: Collectivity to singularity

Yamaguchi, Toshiko (2018) Kita’s usage in spoken discourse: Collectivity to singularity. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 26 (T). pp. 225-230. ISSN 0128-7702,

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This short communication explains that kita ‘we’ has an alternative usage as a singular personal pronoun, presented as kita ‘I’. The usage of kita is classified into six classes, based on its substitutability with saya and the context in which kita occurs. The purpose of this paper is to prove that there are three contexts that render kita a singular pronoun: (i) the speaker refers to people in general to share her point of view; (ii) the speaker wants to share information with a group of people whom she knows; (iii) the speaker exercises negative politeness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collectivity; kita ‘we, I’; Malay language; personal pronoun; singularity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 07:23
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 07:26

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