Abstract

This research aims at describing Kansha hyougen variations and explaining the social factors underlying their various uses in Kain to Aberu drama. The research employed a descriptive-qualitative method. The data was collected through content analysis technique using the data card instrument. The data was analyzed using identity method. This research used 30 data expressions containing Kansha hyougen in Kain to Aberu drama. Based on the data analysis results, of 30 data, 7 variations of Kansha hyougen were found covering arigatou, okage, otsukare, osewa ni narimashita, gokuroudatta, kansha shite iru, and gochisousama. The use of each Kansha hyougen variation is based on the social factors including hierarchical factor.