Honorifics (keego)

Authored by: Naomi H. McGloin , Mutsuko Endo Hudson , Fumiko Nazikian , Tomomi Kakegawa

Modern Japanese Grammar

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415571999
eBook ISBN: 9780203856628
Adobe ISBN: 9781135151393


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Consciously or not, the speaker decides not only what to say, but how to say it in any language. In Japanese, there is a linguistic system called keego (honorifics) to be used when speaking politely and deferentially. Consisting of special vocabulary and constructions, honorifics are classified into three major types: exalting words (sonkeego), humbling words (kenjoogo), and polite words (teeneego).

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