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A Discussion of Aesthetic Words (Bi No Goi) in Japanese Language -Kuhashi, Kiyoshi, Utsukushi-

  • 日本硏究
  • 2010, (28), pp.87-111
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 20, 2010

PARK HYEJA 1

1중앙대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Words reflect the state of mind. Among various classes of words, aesthetic words must be representing uniquely well how people think, create and use their language because they are closely linked to traditional, social, and spiritual values of the society. Hence, studying aesthetic words can be important and conducive to truly understanding a specific language, including Japanese. Unfortunately, these aesthetic words have not drawn enough attention of researchers yet in Korea although scholars in Japan and the western hemisphere are paying more and more attention to these words in understanding Japanese language. To compare key aesthetic words in Japanese this study scrutinizes the three most important Japanese classics: Manyoushu, Makuranosousi, and Genjimonogatari.. Three aesthetic words are chosen for consideration: kuhashi, kiyoshi, and utsukushi. The study finds that there was a significant change in the meaning of these words over the period between 8th century in Nara period and early 11th century in Heian period. This paper also provides varied meanings and classifications of these aesthetic words in different Japanese classics according to different periods.

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