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ERIC Number: EJ1013714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Socializing Children to Honorifics in Japanese: Identity and Stance in Interaction
Burdelski, Matthew
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v32 n2 p247-273 Feb 2013
This paper examines socialization of honorifics in Japanese. Drawing upon audiovisual recordings of interaction in households and a preschool, the paper details ways caregivers use honorifics with children and ways children use honorifics with caregivers and peers. The analysis shows ways caregivers use referent and addressee honorifics within role-play activities as an index of social roles linked to a public self, and ways they use addressee honorifics within ordinary interaction as an index of affective stance in social actions such as directives. It also shows ways children use addressee honorifics within role-plays as an index of social roles, and ways they use addressee honorifics within ordinary interaction as an index of affective stance in social actions such as objections. The findings suggest that while children learn the central meaning of addressee honorifics as a display of a public self, they also pick up on the affective meanings of honorifics in caregiver speech and deploy them in interaction with peers in creative ways. (Contains 1 figure and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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