Boku in Edo Epistolary Texts

dc.contributor.author れいのるず秋葉, かつえ ja
dc.contributor.author Reynolds, Katsue A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-03T00:56:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-03T00:56:31Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.description.abstract This essay is about how boku, a first person pronoun or self-reference form for males, came into existence in Japanese. It appeared rather abruptly in Japanese around the time of the Meiji Restoration, and it has quickly become one of the major male first person pronouns. Although it is apparently of a Chinese origin, its history as a Japanese word is not necessarily clear. How and why did it come into being in Japanese at the time when it did? The paper has examined some texts from the Edo period and brought to light the early history of boku in Japanese. Bringing various linguistic, sociological and historical facts together, it becomes possible to see the way boku entered Japanese. Spread of the use of boku began in personal letters exchanged among close circle of samurai scholars –- forerunners of modern intellectuals. en_US
dc.format.extent 11 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Ochner, Nobuko and William Ridgeway (eds.) Confluences: Studies from East to West in Honor of V.H. Viglielmo. pp.248-258.Book Review: Japanese language, gender, and ideology edited by Shigeko Okamoto and Janet S. Shobamoto Smith en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22214
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Published by College of Languages, Linguistics ad Literature, University of Hawai'i, distributed by University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.subject male first person pronoun en_US
dc.subject Chinese-Japanese code switch en_US
dc.subject solidarity en_US
dc.subject diglossia en_US
dc.subject letter writing era en_US
dc.title Boku in Edo Epistolary Texts en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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