Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics

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<i>Explorations in Japanese Sociolinguistics </i>provides a treasure of information on the Japanese language and the social and cultural system it has developed and is embedded in. To the non-specialist, it opens an unknown world. To the specialist it offers theoretical and methodological perspectives aimed at avoiding the interference of myth and musing with accurate characterizations. A general introduction on Japanese sociolinguistics is followed by two case studies, one on the ethnography of ritual and address at a Japanese wedding reception, and one on the pragmatics of Japanese donatory verbs. The final chapter discusses cross-cultural contrasts and the danger of semiotic schism in Japanese-Western interaction.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Altaic languages

  • Affiliations: 1: Doshischa University

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