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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Journal of Linguistic Anthropology|
|State||Published - Dec 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language