KYOTO BUNKYO UNIVERSITY Department of Clinical Psychology
- 人間学部研究報告 = Reports from the Faculty of Human Studies, Kyoto Bunkyo University
- vol.7, pp.59-67, 2005-03-25
This is a part of clinical and psychological study series of Arimasa Mori, a Japanese philosopher. In this paper, author tried to focus on his thoughts of the language structure of Japanese compared to French. He found the difference of speech in relation to whom, where and how in the context of interpersonal relationship. In contrast to French, Japanese language has to be used always in the consideration of whom you are talking to. Interpersonal relationship with the object to whom you are talking has to be always considered in the talking situation. This culturally bound way of expression is called Niko-kankei, which forces to take account social and interpersonal relation in two person relation, talker and listener. Mori tries to speak independently with a listener without considering talking situation and interpersonal relation of the talker and the listener. However, it seems to terribly difficult to speak Japanese in Japan in the way of speaking French.