Japanese Feminine Speech
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The paper argues that the 'court lady' speech of the early-modern and pre-modern age produced a distinctively feminine mode of Japanese speech that has persisted into the present age and which continues to define the manner in which Japanese women communicate. The paper looks at the emergence of court lady language and some if its enduring features; the paper also acknowledges that, while academic longitudinal studies exploring the changes in feminine language within Japan before and after the Second World War are scant, a number of important inferences can be made that show both the persistence of court lady language and the ability of modern feminism to effect some meaningful change. In the end, the paper concludes that as the status of women within Japan gradually changes, so too does the language they use to convey their thoughts and feelings.
From the Paper:"The following paper will look at Japanese feminine speech before and after World War II. In particular, the paper will argue that the `court lady' speech of the early-modern and pre-modern age (from around the nineteenth century dating back to the tenth century) produced (or at least significantly shaped) a distinctively feminine mode of Japanese speech that has persisted into the present age and which continues (for more than a few scholars, anyways) to define the manner in which Japanese women communicate. With all of the above in mind, the next several pages will look at the emergence of court lady language and some if its enduring..."
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