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In the question, ぜ is not 役割語 because it was actually used in the real world, unless the speaker tried to act as someone else. So I am not sure how relevant this answer is to the question. – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 11 '11 at 5:17
Sorry, that's right. Is ぜ 男性語 in this case? – Bladean Mericle Nov 11 '11 at 6:04
@TsuyoshiIto Does "役割語" mean something along the lines of "typical sentence ending pattern supposedly frequently used by a certain demographic and stereotyped as such so that when it's used in media it's supposed to make you think that the person speaking as such is belonging to that demographic"? I ask because I'm not too good at reading Japanese yet and not entirely sure what it means. So it'd be good if someone could countercheck my understanding. – Flaw Nov 11 '11 at 11:22
@Flaw: 役割語 is a stereotypical way of speech of some group of people, and by “stereotypical” I mean that it is irrelevant whether those group of people actually use it. For example, if someone says わしは本を読んでおるんじゃ in a novel, the reader understands that the speaker is an old person. Many 役割語 are sentence-ending words (such as じゃ), but some are not (such as わし and ~しておる). Although 役割語 is an important technique in Japanese literature, it is not very relevant here because ぜ in the question is actually used in the real world. – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 11 '11 at 14:36
I would count ぜ as 男性語 (a word which is primarily used by male speakers), although it is also used by female speakers. However, understanding that ぜ is a 男性語 does not explain much about the meaning of ぜ. – Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 11 '11 at 18:39


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いや、体育会系では全くない方なんだけど… 男らしさを表現する助詞だって知っていた。それとも「さあ、行くぜ!」は「さあ、行こう!」に近いってニュアンスがあるんじゃないかと思ってるので、確実なことを言うと変‌​に思うんだ。 – Axioplase Nov 11 '11 at 4:18

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