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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(24); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062414.

Research on the impact of honorifics in Japanese on social relationships


Cheng Qian

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Cheng Qian

Xi’an Fanyi University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710105, China


As a country with rich cultural heritage and a profound history, Japan has consistently emphasized its unique culture of respect, which plays a crucial role in shaping social interactions. In Japanese culture, language is not merely a tool for conveying information; it is also a medium for expressing respect, reflecting social status, and conveying emotions. The culture of respect, with a history spanning thousands of years, serves as a testament to the profound understanding of intricate social dynamics by the Japanese people. Honorific language, as a linguistic form in Japanese, is widely employed not only in formal occasions but also plays a pivotal role in everyday social interactions. This article aims to delve into a comprehensive study of the different forms of honorific language and its role in social relationships, providing a thorough analysis of the delicate position of the culture of respect within Japanese society. Specifically, we will examine the functions of honorific language in expressing respect and delineating social boundaries, delving deeply into the profound impact it has in shaping and defining intricate social relationships. This will contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon of honorific language in Japanese social culture and its profound influence on individual and societal interactions.


Honorifics, Social Relationships, Japanese Culture

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Cheng Qian. Research on the impact of honorifics in Japanese on social relationships. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 24: 82-87. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062414.


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