Questions tagged [pronouns]

代名詞. Words that substitute for a noun or noun phrase.

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Confusing interchangeability of 汝 and 己

In most cases, 汝 is the formal/archaic second person pronoun, "you/thou", and 己 is a humble and archaic first-person pronoun or a way to refer to oneself. However, confusingly, in many ...
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Why was I called 君?

I’m talking with someone on Tandem who I’ve never spoken to before and he immediately called me 君. He’s only 2 years older than me and I thought きみ was for relationships where there is a bigger age ...
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Understanding Susumu Kuno's example of misuse of 自分

On Wikipedia's page for Logophoricity, there is an example of that concept in Japanese. On this Wikipedia page, sentences from Susumu Kuno's 1972 journal article Pronominalization, Reflexivization, ...
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What's the Etymology for using うち to mean "I"?

As some know, うち is another way to say "I" in Japanese, my tutor (and others) saying it's mostly used by younger women. My question is...how did this come to be? Because, I can't help but ...
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Which pronoun to use for a teacher addressing students

Which pronoun should I use as a teacher when I address my students? For instance, in this sentence "Please submit your essay on Monday" As far as I know, あなたたち sounds rude
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Are forms of address and kinship terms pronouns/代名詞 in Japanese? Why or why not?

It hit me when I was editing this question which had the pronouns tag. I wasn't sure if 「娘」 is considered a pronoun in Japanese. Looking for relevant examples of kinship terminology in English, I ...
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Connotation of あっし as a first-person pronoun

あっし is said by imabi to be a 1. person pronoun, derived ultimately from あたし・わたし and from the "working class dialect of Tokyo Bay" (which presumably refers to 下町言葉). Wiktionary claims it to ...