Subgroup Size

Entire group


20 minutes

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Created by Prof. Carl Wassgren, Purdue University, College of Engineering based upon:

Kyoko Hijirida & Ho-min Sohn (1986). "Cross-cultural patterns of honorifics and sociolinguistic sensitivity to honorific variables: Evidence from English, Japanese, and Korean." Research on Language & Social Interaction, 19:3, 365-401, DOI: 10.1080/08351818609389264


As a result of this activity, participants will be able to 1. Recognize that different cultures emphasize different values regarding skill, age, relationship, etc. through honorific titles.