A Study of Expression for Politeness, Indifference and Contempt in Japanese and English and its Implication for the Japanese Learner


This paper presents an account of politeness, indifference and contempt in Japanese language. A comparison is being made between English and Japanese language with reference to the problems faced by the learners in using these expressions. In the previous researches, politeness has been the focal point but the areas of indifference and contempt have been ignored. For this study, the subjects were hundred native speakers of Japanese, males and females and children of different age groups. They were asked to complete a questionnaire where they were given five situations involving each of the three expressions of politeness, indifference and contempt and their responses were recorded and transcribed. The results was analyzed to show the differences in the use of polite, impolite and contempt expressions in Japanese which was compared with English. The study will help to bring out the implications for the Japanese Learner of English.

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Debjani Ghosh, Symbiosis International University, India

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Conference: ACLL2018
Stream: Cross-Cultural Communication

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