Masters Thesis

Japanese honorifics.

One of the linguistic features that differentiates languages like Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean from well known IE languages is their well-developed system of honorifics. What is to he understood by honorifics is that in these languages, a speaker has one set of linguistic devices at his disposal for making sentences grammatically acceptable and another set for making them socially acceptable. The purpose of the present paper is to reexamine the nature of the honorifics through a historical study of Japanese honorifics.

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