Paper: Japanese Honorifics And Situation Semantics

ACL ID C86-1120
Title Japanese Honorifics And Situation Semantics
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
  • Ryochi Sugimura (Institute for New Generation Computer Technology, Tokyo Japan)

In the honorific space the speaker in tim discourse is set as tile origin. Other individuals like hearer and agents wire are presented in the sentence of discourse are represented by vectors as in the following example. An honorific attitude is defined as tile vector between these points. For example, the honorific attitude from tim speaker (1) to the hearer (Y) is defined as a vector fi'om I0,0) to Y(yl,y2). The honorific attitude fi'mn the Ex.l [ Agent A22(a21,a22) ltearer Y(yl,y2) Agent Al(all,al2) ......... )to,0) I llonorifie Space hearer Y to agent2 is defined as the vector fi'om (yl,y2) to (a21, a22), i.e., the vector (a2l-yl, a22-y2). Next, we define the honorific wlluc and the dh'ection in the following way, Definition 1 Honorific value For t = , honorifievalueof a2iffal...