Publication details [#5577]

Kitagawa, Chisato. 1977. A source of femininity in Japanese: In defense of Robin Lakoff's 'Language and woman's place'. Papers in Linguistics 10 (3-4) : 275–298.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject


K. argues (i) that Dubois and Crouch's (1975: 'The question of tag questions in women's speechs') criticism of R. Lakoff (1973: 'Language and woman's place') is misguided and (ii) that Lakoff's analysis of English tags such as 'The war in Vietnam is terrible, isn't it?' is a useful frame of reference in terms of which the source of femininity commonly associated with the Japanese sentence particle 'wa' may be explicated in a principled way.