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Aspects of anger expressions in Japanese men and women - A study based on scenes portraying arguments -

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (82), pp.83-101
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..82.201908.83
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : May 29, 2019
  • Accepted : August 5, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

Kim Jiwon 1

1고려대학교 중일어문학과

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ABSTRACT

This study analyzes anger expression patterns of Japanese native speakers in male-female verbal disputes. Usually, anger expression patterns tend to be violent, attempt to humiliate the other party, and have various linguistic patterns. However, previous studies have shown that Japanese people generally control their emotions. Therefore, this study examines whether Japanese people conceal their anger despite being, in some cases, intimate with their counterparts. Additionally, this study investigates whether gender differences play a role in anger expressions. Based on portraying verbal disputes in Japanese movies and dramas, the anger expression patterns specific to gender characteristics and differences were analyzed. The anger expression patterns were classified into 9 language behavior categories: 1)Assertion 2) Expression of emotional language 3)Reason explanation 4)Explanatory demand 5)Rejection of counterparty’s speech 6)Sarcasm 7)Interruption 8)Warning/Intimidation 9)Contempt/blame The results show that Japanese native speakers tend to use assertive expressions. Moreover, the results highlight gender differences: women commonly used explanatory demands while males typically used sarcasm and showed contempt/blame.

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