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Is Japanese Women’s Language an illusion? (About Japanese Women’s Language) | Ichimon Japan 66

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Is Japanese women’s language an illusion?

Topics Discussed

  • About Japanese women’s language
  • About gendered language in Japanese
  • How context affects people’s speech in Japan
  • Directness vs indirectness
  • About politeness and “women’s speech” in Japanese
  • About steretypical speech styles in Japanese
  • About direct and indirect indexicality
  • About Japanese first person pronouns
  • Constructing your identity via speech
  • Third person pronouns in Japanese
  • Avoiding third person pronouns in Japanese
  • About┬ákare┬á&┬ákanojo
  • About sentence-final particles
  • The importance of experimenting with language
  • The relationship between intonation and sentence-final particles
  • Gay male speech
  • And much more!

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