Date of Award
World Languages and Literatures
Sociolinguistics -- Japan, Japanese language -- Social aspects, Japan -- Social life and customs
The importance of the senpai-kōhai ‘senior-junior’ relationship is of utmost importance to the working of Japanese society starting from a young age. Children become conscious of the relationship most earnestly in junior high school and quickly become socialized to adhere to rules regarding appropriate behavior and language use and duties. My research attempts to shed light on contemporary attitudes towards the senpai-kōhai relationship by addressing the overarching question “what are contemporary attitudes toward the senpai-kōhai relationship?” I also address the subtopics of importance of the relationship, evidence of ambivalence, consciousness, and how the relationship is perceived to be recognized linguistically.
Yoshinaga, Michiko, "Contemporary Japanese Attitudes Towards the Senpai-Kōhai Relationship" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 376.