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The cultural semantics of the Japanese emotion terms 'Haji' and 'Hazukashii'



This paper presents a cultural semantic analysis of the Japanese emotion terms ‘haji’ and ‘hazukashii’, made using the methodology of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM). Th e paper has three aims: (i) to pinpoint the conceptions of ‘haji’ and ‘hazukashii’ as emotion terms in Japanese language and culture; (ii) to highlight the diff erences in meaning with their typical English translations ‘shame’ and ‘embarrassing’, and show that ‘haji’ and ‘hazukashii’ refl ect two different,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: New Voices in Japanese Studies
DOI: 10.21159/nvjs.08.02
Access Rights: Open Access


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