日本語の程度量表現用語に関する研究 A PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY ON THE JAPANESE QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE WORDS
This study is on the developmental changes in meanings of the Japanese qualitative and quantitative words (most of them are adverbs) by means of the paired-comparison method. The qualitative and quantitative words are classified on the basis of the following four categdries of meanings : (1) 18 words which express degree of common things (TEST I) ; sugoku, hljoni, taihen, totemo, kanari, etc. (2) 16 words which express degree of probability (TEST II) ; zettaini, kanarazu, kitto, tashikani, tabun, etc. (3) 16 words which express degree of frequency (TEST III) ; itsumo; yoku, tabitabi, tokidoki, mareni, etc. (4) 18 words which express degree of psychological time-distance (TEST IV) ; a. 10 words which express the future ; suguni, imani, mamonaku, yagate, etc. b: 9 words which express the past : toni, senkoku, sakihodo, ima, etc. The subjects are required to answer the following questions.