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I thought that Katakana where only used for foreign word and names or words that were embedded into japanese from another language is that right?
because i've noticed that in the manga "naruto" names like "sasuke" or "sakura" are written in katakana and I wonder why
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Just as in English, we use bold and italics to empahsize words, in Japanese they put Hiragana words into Katakana and vice versa.
It can also be used to denote a way of speaking (such as in Manga).The speach of Robots and aliens oftentimes are written in all Katakana. Foreigners with weird accents also have katakana used for their pronunciations as well. (like the russian guy on debuya)
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Though sometimes they do, right? So my other idea is this: Katakana is used for readability. This is true for Naruto, that many of the readers are young children who may not be so proficient with kanji yet, so the author may chose to use katakana instead because it's easier to read--and s/he may chose katakana over hiragana, so that the names stick out better. (I mean, sentences full of only hiragana are a PAIN to read. >_< )
You'll also find that words other than names that are typically written in hiragana/kanji are written in katakana--and this is when the emphasis/itallics/underlining/bolding comes in. You might see a character say "ナニ?!" after a big surprise. One word I hardly EVER see written in hiragana or kanji is "bareru" (to be found out). It always looks like this: バレた. Weird, huh? ^^
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