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Language and Society in Japan

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Part of Contemporary Japanese Society

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521532846

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  • Nanette Gottlieb's comprehensive study considers the role of language in Japanese society, particularly in relation to the formation of national and personal identities. It covers important questions such as multilingualism, language and nationalism, language and technology, and literacy and reading habits. Written by a leading authority in this field, Gottlieb's work is essential reading for students and scholars wishing to know more about the Japanese language and the society in which it is spoken.

    • A broad-ranging and accessible introduction to the Japanese language, how it has developed and how it functions within Japanese society
    • Author is one of the few experts in this field, and the book builds on previous research
    • A must-read for students of Japan, sociolinguists and sociologists
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    'Nanette Gottlieb's latest book, Language and Society in Japan, continues a high standard of inquiry into Japanese language issues … there is no better chronicler in English of Japanese language policy … Gottleib's observations on the teaching of Japanese and of English as a foreign language are especially timely … makes an important distinction between linguistic stereotyping and discriminatory language …Gottleib's discussion of this and other issues in this book provides sufficient information for the reader to speculate right along with her about the linguistic future of Japan.' Monumenta Nipponica

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521532846
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Japanese language
    2. Language and diversity in Japan
    3. Language and national identity: evolving views
    4. Language and identity: the policy approach
    5. Writing and reading in Japan
    6. Representation and identity: discriminatory language
    7. Shifting electronic identities
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Nanette Gottlieb, University of Queensland
    Nanette Gottlieb is Reader in Japanese at the University of Queensland. Her previous publications include Word Processing Technology in Japan (2000) and Japanese Cybercultures (2003).

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