"I read the Nikkei, too": Crafting positions of authority and masculinity in a Japanese conversation

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Abstract

This article investigates how Japanese men use terms of address and sentence-final particles to create ongoing positions of superiority, seniority, and masculinity in their conversations. Data are drawn from conversations by all-male groups who are speakers of the Hanshinkan dialect of western Japan. An examination of real linguistic practices shows deft use of multiple linguistic features, including first-person pronouns, address terms, and sentence-final particles, to carve out particular identities vis-à-vis specific interlocutors. These forms and their subsequent stances are interpreted by other speakers in ways that indicate their access to larger discourses of ideological gender and hierarchy relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-193
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Linguistic Anthropology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Language and Linguistics

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