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Title: Japanese Sociolinguistics : A critical Review and Outlook
Authors: Heinrich, Patrick
Masahiko, Hidenori
Keywords: Nipponistica
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari
Abstract: Sociolinguistic research in Japan predates the start of this tradition in Europe and in the US. The Japanese reception of Western works of sociolinguistics was therefore never simply a process of introducing and applying frameworks developed outside Japan. up to today, Japanese approaches developed before the introduction of European and US sociolinguistics continue to remain much of their currency in Japan, in particular with regard to the epistemology about the relation between language and society in Japan. As a result, foreign and indigenous approaches rarely resulted in a new symbiosis but continue to exist side by side. Furthermore, as an effect of neglecting specific issues in sociolinguistic research, a new interdisciplinary approach to issues pertaining to language and society in Japan has evolved in the past 20 years. This paper traces the development of Japanese sociolinguistics over the past 80 years, reports on the latest developments and initiatives, identifies research topics in which the Japanese traditions have excelled, and points out to topics were more concentrated efforts are desirable henceforth.
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