skip to main content

Native Speaker’s Perception Of The Naturalness In The Japanese Speech Act Response Of Compliment Among Japanese Learners In Indonesia

Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Received: 21 Jan 2021; Revised: 23 Apr 2021; Accepted: 24 Apr 2021; Available online: 24 Apr 2021; Published: 1 Jun 2021.
Open Access Copyright (c) 2021 IZUMI under

Citation Format:
Responding to compliment sometimes puts the speech partner in a dilemma. Receiving a compliment can cause a chance of a self-compliment impression. If you refuse a compliment, it will give the impression of not appreciating the reasonable judgment of the speech partner (complimenter). This dilemma will be more complicated for foreign language learners, including those who have linguistic skills at an advanced level. This article contains how native speakers provide an assessment for the compliment responses of speeches to Japanese learners, especially in Central Java and D.I.Yogyakarta. Fifty-three respondents were Japanese learners, and five were native Japanese speakers as judges to assess the naturalness of the respondents' compliment speech responses. Among 424 responses of Japanese learners' compliment speech, 55 per cent of the respondents' speech was considered unnatural. It indicates that there has been a socio-pragmatic failure and a pragma-linguistic failure. Socio-pragmatic failure can be seen in the "lack of competence" to consider extra-linguistic factors, such as the failure to consider whom the partners are speaking, the failure to understand the horizontal distance and vertical distance speech partners. The use of speech levels that are not under the conversation context is quite visible in the data.
Fulltext View|Download
Keywords: compliment; compliment response; Japanese learners; speech act

Article Metrics:

  1. Akmal, Refdi. (2013). Patterns of Responses to Compliments on Physical Appearance in Sundanese Women. Journal of English Education vol 1, issue 2, June 2013, pp. 208-215
  2. Aryanto, B., Hadi, S., & Hariri, T. (2020). Validitas Dan Reliabilitas Tes Melengkapi Wacana Pada Penelitian Pragmatik Bahasa Antara (Interlanguage Pragmatics). LITE: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, Dan Budaya.
  3. Al Falasi, Hessa. (2007). Just Say "Thank You": A Study of Compliment Responses. Linguistics Journal, vol 2 Issue 1, pp.28-41
  4. Althigafi, Khalid. (2017). Pragmatic Failure in Compliment Responses Among Saudi Speakers of English. Proceeding 0f 65th International Conference. Pp 1-9
  5. Brown, Penelope; Levinson Stephen C. (1996). Politeness Some Universals in Language Usage. USA: Cambridge University Press
  6. Daikuhara, Midori. (1986). A Study of Compliments From a Cross-Cultural Perspective: Japanese vs. American English. Working papers in Educational Linguistics. Vol 2 No 2, pp. 103-133
  7. Fukusawa, Emi. (2011). Compliment Responses and Study Abroad. Sophia Junior College Faculty Journal, vol 31, pp. 35-50
  8. Furukawa, Yuriko. (2010). “Home” ga Hiniku ya Iyami ni Naru Baai. Nihongo-Nihon Bunka, p.45-57. Jepang: Osaka University
  9. Hirata, Manami. (1993). Home Kotoba he no Hentou (Tanggapan Ungkapan Pujian). Journal of International Student Center. Yokohama International University. Vol 6, pp 38-47
  10. Holmes, Janet. (1986). Compliments and Compliment Responses in New Zealand English. Anthropological Linguistics, vol 28 No 4, pp. 485-508
  11. Inukai, Hideo. (2018). Nihongo Kyoukashoni Okeru Home to Hentou. Nihondaigaku Daigakuin Sougoushakai Jouhou Kenkyuuka. No 19, 043-052, pp. 43-52
  12. Linh, Nguyen Thi Thuy. (2020). Investigating Compliment Response Strategies in American English And Vietnamese Under The Effect of Social Status. VNU Journal of Foreign Studies, vol 36, no 4, pp 80-98
  13. Matsuoka, Rieko. (2001). Gender Effect on Compliment Exchange. Kanagawa Gengo Kenkyuu. Kanagawa University Studies in Language 24, pp. 105-121
  14. Matsuura, Hiroko. (2004). Compliment-giving Behavior in American English and Japanese. Fukushima University JALT Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 147-170
  15. Moala, Asma. (2013). Who Is Responsible for Successful Communication?: Investigating Compliment Responses in Cross-Cultural Communication. Sage Journal, pp. 1-13
  16. Mohamed, Majed Hasan Drbseh. (2015). The use of English Compliments and Compliment Responses by the Arab Student at Jordan University in Jordan. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publication, vol 5 issue 12
  17. Pomerantz, A. (1978). Compliment Responses: Notes on the Cooperation of Multiple Constraints. Studies in the Organization of Conversational Interaction. Ed. Schenkein. New York: Academy P, pp. 79-112
  18. Rie, Suzuki. (2002). Home No Hentou Ni Taisuru Home Teijigawa No Inshodo Bunseki. Asian Cultural Studies, no 28, pp 83-108. International Christian University
  19. Rosiah, Rosi. 2017. Respon Terhadap Pujian Pembelajar Bahasa Jepang. Journal of Japanese Language Education and Linguistics. Vol 1 No 1. pp. 108-130
  20. Setiadi, Asep. (2016). Performance of Indonesian EFLl Learners and Thai EFL Learners on Compliment Responses in English. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature. Vol 5 no 7. Australia: Australian International Academic Centre
  21. Sukarno. (2015). Politeness Strategies in Responding To Compliments in Javanese. Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol 4 no 2, pp. 91-101
  22. Susanti, Rita., Siregar, Maduma. (2010). Tindak Tutur Memuji Bahasa Jepang di Kalangan Wanita Jepang. Jurnal Lingua Cultura vol 4 no 1 Mei 2010, pp. 78-89
  23. Three A Networks. (2012). Minna no Nihongo Shoukyuu 1 Dainihan Honsastsu. Three A Network
  24. Three A Networks. (2013). Minna no Nihongo Shoukyuu 2 Dainihan Honsastsu. Three A Network
  25. Wilson, Kayo Fujimura. (2014). A Cross-Cultural Study of Compliments and Compliment Responses in Conversation. Eigo to Eibei Bungaku (Faculty of English and American Culture), Yamaguchi University, pp. 19-36

Last update:

No citation recorded.

Last update: 2024-06-15 08:43:42

No citation recorded.