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Routledge Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics

Edited by: Patrick Heinrich , Yumiko Ohara

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415790277
eBook ISBN: 9781315213378
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315213378
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Book description

Presenting new approaches and results previously inaccessible in English, the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics provides an insight into the language and society of contemporary Japan from a fresh perspective.

While it was once believed that Japan was a linguistically homogenous country, research over the past two decades has shown Japan to be a multilingual and sociolinguistically diversifying country. Building on this approach, the contributors to this handbook take this further, combining Japanese and western approaches alike and producing research which is relevant to twenty-first century societies. Organised into five parts, the sections covered include:

  • The languages and language varieties of Japan.
  • The multilingual ecology.
  • Variation, style and interaction.
  • Language problems and language planning.
  • Research overviews.

With contributions from across the field of Japanese sociolinguistics, this handbook will prove very useful for students and scholars of Japanese Studies, as well as sociolinguists more generally.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Ainu language and Ainu speakers Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ryukyuan sociolinguistics Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Ryukyu-substrate Japanese Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Japanese dialects Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Koine and koineization Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Language and migration in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  7:  English in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Metroethnicity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Metrolingualism in transitional Japan Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Linguistic landscape Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Bilingualism and bilingual education in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Japan as a multilingual society Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Language variation and change Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Code-switching, language crossing and mediatized translinguistic practices Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Language and social relations Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Politeness Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Impoliteness Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Gendered speech Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Language policy and planning Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Script and orthography problems Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Literacy and illiteracy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Japanese language spread in the colonies and occupied territories Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Ainu language shift Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Language shift in the Ryukyu Islands Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Language rights Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Language life (gengo seikatsu) Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The study of Japanese language speakers Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Studies of Ryukyu-substrate Japanese Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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