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Nexus of Language and Culture: A Study of Second Person Reference Terms in Japanese with Special Focus on Anata ‘You’

Yonezawa, Yoko


This study explores the use of the second person pronoun anata ‘you’, with special reference to its functions and effects in Modern Japanese. Japanese has a complex system of personal reference terms. Their use is primarily determined by the social characteristics of the interlocutors, such as age, gender, kin relations and social status, as well as the level of formality of the conversational setting. This personal reference system is one of the linguistic ...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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