Yoko Yonezawa, The Mysterious Address Term anata ‘you’ in Japanese

English | ISBN: 9027210500 | 2021 | 226 pages | PDF | 2 MB

The use of the second person singular pronoun anata ‘you’ in modern Japanese has long been regarded as mysterious and problematic, generating contradictory nuances such as polite, impolite, intimate, and distancing. Treated as a troublesome pronoun, scholars have searched for a semantically loaded meaning in anata, under the assumption that all Japanese personal reference terms involve social indexicality. This book takes a new approach, revealing that
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