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In Staunch Pursuit: The Semantics of the Japanese Terms Shukatsu 'Job Hunting' and Konkatsu 'Marriage Partner Hunting'

Asano-Cavanagh, Yuko; Farese, Gian Marco


This chapter presents an analysis of two Japanese compound words that share a common suffix. The words are shūkatsu 'job hunting' and konkatsu ‘marriage partner hunting’. It is perhaps not entirely unexpected that the English glosses fall short of conveying the significant cultural context behind them. The shared suffix, katsu, comes from the Japanese word katsudō, which means ‘activity’. As Dalton and Dales (Japanese Studies 36(1):1–19, 2016) point out, katsu implies a high level of engagement...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-10-24
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Studies in Ethnopragmatics, Cultural Semantics, and Intercultural Communication: Meaning and Culture
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-32-9975-7_2


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