Gentlemanly gender? Japanese men's use of clause-final politeness in casual conversations

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Abstract

Much of the Japanese language and gender literature discusses the differential use of polite language by women and men. The exchange of non-reciprocal clause-final speech levels is typically taken as a sign that interlocutors are of unequal social status. Cook (1998) has shown how Japanese speakers manipulate the use of clause-final politeness in order to index particular stances in specific moments of ongoing verbal interaction. Using naturally occurring all-male informal conversations, this paper examines the use of clause-final politeness as marked by the presence or absence of the verb ending ∼masu [+politeness] by Japanese men in the Kansai (Western) region. The data provide a deeper understanding into how men exploit linguistic structures such as politeness, at the everyday local level, to create, maintain, and manage particular identities and/or stances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-92
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Sociolinguistics
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Discourse analysis
  • Gender (masculinities)
  • Japan
  • Politeness

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Gentlemanly gender? Japanese men's use of clause-final politeness in casual conversations. / SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.

In: Journal of Sociolinguistics, Vol. 10, No. 1, 02.2006, p. 70-92.

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