Datapoint for feature 44A and language wals_code_jpn

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3 Responses to “Datapoint for feature 44A and language wals_code_jpn”

  1. AJ Says:

    Third-person gendered pronouns are rare in Japanese. You usually just say “that person” with no gender designation.

    Japanese also *does* have gendered first-person pronouns, which this map does not reflect.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    Japanese has gendered second person pronnouns — contrast feminine ‘kimi’ with male ‘omae’, and first person pronouns feminine ‘atashi’ or ‘uchi’ contrasted with male ‘boku’ or ‘ore’.

  3. Akihito Takigawa Says:

    @Elizabeth Not exactly. At least in modern times both ‘kimi’ (君, きみ) and ‘omae’ (お前, おまえ) are free of gender distinction though the rest is mostly correct. Please also note that ‘uchi’ (ウチ) is dialectal.

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