A Study of Factors Influencing 1st and 2nd Person Pronoun Usage in the Japanese Language as Observed Through a Select Group of Japanese Tourists

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2014-01-15
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Okuda, Charlene
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East Asian Languages and Literature
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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The Japanese language possesses an array of personal pronouns in comparison to other languages. For example, in the case of second person pronouns or You-words, versus the French "tu" and "vous," the Spanish "tu" and "Usted," the German "du" and "sie," and the English "you" as discussed by Brown and Gilman (1960), Japanese has "anata," "kimi," “omae," and the more vulgar "kisama" and "temee" (not to mention variations of the above such as "anatasama" and "omaesan").
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