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Pragmatic Functions of Humble Forms in Japanese Ceremonial Discourse
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2005)
  • Cynthia Dunn, University of Northern Iowa
Traditional analyses describe Japanese honorific use as determined by situational factors. By contrast, this article takes an agent-centered approach to demonstrate how Japanese speakers use humble forms to perform a variety of pragmatic functions in ceremonial discourse. The analysis demonstrates that even in ceremonial speech contexts, speakers are not consistent in their use of humble forms, but rather shift between humble and nonhumble forms to index shifts in footing and the social persona they present to the audience.
Publication Date
December, 2005
Citation Information
Cynthia Dunn. "Pragmatic Functions of Humble Forms in Japanese Ceremonial Discourse" Journal of Linguistic Anthropology Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2005) p. 218 - 238 ISSN: 1055-1360
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