Language gives an important peek for out-siders to understand the culture within a society, therefore Tanaka’s topic choose was appropriate and relevant. This paper will be a useful reference for one doing research on the gender discrimination in Japanese language, but might not be qualified to be used a...
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... wives should stay inside the house and being in the inner depth, while husband “Shujin” can also mean master or lord. Undoubtedly there are still other examples that show discrimination toward women and project the socially expected gender roles in Japanese language. Nevertheless, just like English, with the feminist movement, the growing awareness of using politically correct language is believed to bring positive influence in the Japanese society on the topic of gender equality. After all, just as what Tanaka stated, communicative strategies are multi-functional and pragmatic, therefore language changes and evolves over time. As a result, the value of the society will be influenced as well, since language and society counter-influence each other. Hopefully, this circle will have the capacity to lead Japanese society to a more equal society in the near future.
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