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Language is about communication, first and foremost, but whereas in many languages (such as English) the focus is on getting the information in itself across as smoothly as possible, other languages (such as Japanese, German or the romance languages) require the encoding of social relationships along with the information. Why this should be so isn't ...


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どこからきた? does sound rude, but things are complicated because not so rarely people would talk to you in non-polite forms. Among Japanese society, there are opportunities when you can escape from duty of using Standard Japanese. When you are a child, when you belong to internal societies which dialectal speech is applied to and when you speak to them, in other ...



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