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The Role of Parental Input in the Early Acquisition of Japanese Politeness Distinctions
Japanese polite language (teineigo) varies with the speaker-addressee relationship as well as social norms. Descriptive studies have found that young Japanese children use polite-speech early in development. This claim was experimentally tested in 3- to 6-year-old Japanese children and correct use of polite verb forms was found even in the youngest children. The early acquisition of these verb forms is surprising, because there is a Japanese social norm that parental speech to children isdoi:10.1525/collabra.18989 fatcat:f3kbprnmhvcy7mje2b6fa2hejm