Keigo in Modern Japan: Polite Language from Meiji to the Present

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Patricia Wetzel offers in this volume a comprehensive examination of a frequently discussed yet much misunderstood aspect of the Japanese language. Keigo, or "polite language," is often viewed as a quaint accessory to Japanese grammar and a relic of Japan's feudal past. Nothing, Wetzel contends, could be further from the truth. It is true that Japan has a long history of differentiating linguistic form on the basis of social status, psychological detachment, emotional reserve, and a host of other context-dependent factors. ...

Keigo in Modern Japan: Polite Language from Meiji to the Present 2004, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824826024

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