Linguistic reflections of Japanese culture's specifics



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Description The main goal of this paper is to critically evaluate some representative theories within the field of Japanese language studies that have proposed the language to be the medium that perhaps best reflects specifics and uniqueness of Japanese culture. The modern idea of Japanese uniqueness being encoded both in the structure of the Japanese language and in the ways it is used in communication dates back to at least the works of Nishi Amane or Yamada Yoshio and has been developed by number of scholars of various theoretical and methodological frameworks. This paper will especially focus on theories of subjectivity, become-language and locus-orientation, and will evaluate them from the perspective of modern cognitive linguistics.

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