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Routledge Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics

Heinrich, Patrick

978 0 415 79027 7
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240.00 USD
165.00 GBP

Publication date:
1 January 2018

Full description: 

Japanese sociolinguistics is an immensely popular discipline in Japan, and it has contributed a great deal to our understanding of how language and society are interrelated on an international level. Japanese sociolinguistics is taught in a number of Japanese Studies Programs around the world. There are now more than 6 million learners of Japanese outside of Japan and their training often includes topics which touch upon sociolinguistics. At the same time, there exists at present no single book which can serve as a textbook or as a general reference source for Japanese sociolinguistics written in English. In Japanese, there are a number of introductions to Japanese sociolinguistics, usually of up to 200 pages, but as yet no overview about the entire field such as a handbook exists. The proposed Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics fills a long-standing gap in the literature. The handbook will allow for a much-needed comprehensive outline of Japanese sociolinguistics, which can be presented to an international readership.

Table of contents: 

Part I. Languages and speakers in Japan 1. Japanese and its speakers, Riikka Lansisalmi 2. Ryukyuan languages, Tatsuro Maeda 3. Okinawan-substrate Japanese, Mark Anderson 4. Ainu, Mika Fukazawa 5. Japanese Sign Language, Soya Mori 6. Ogasawara Creole English, Daniel Long 7. Migrant languages in Japan, Nobuyuki Tsukahara 8. English in Japan, Ryuko Kubota Part II. Language unification, spread and shift 9. Standardizing and writing Japanese, Patrick Heinrich 10. Script problems, Hidenori Masiko (Madoka Hammine) 11. Literacy and illiteracy, Takeshi Nakashima 12. Japanese language spread in the colonies, Toshiaki Yasuda (Annalisa Ponzecchi) 13. Language shift in the Ryukyus, Mark Anderson 14. Language shift in Ainu Mosir, Takayuki Okazaki Part III. Language variation, repertoires and interaction 15. Japanese dialects, Shinji Sanada (Ivo Lorenzin) 16. Language variation and change, Kazuko Matsumoto 17. Code-switching and language crossing, Rika Yamashita 18. Turn-taking, Yuko Sugita 19. Politeness, Yasuko Obana 20. Impoliteness, Paolo Calvetti 21. Gendered speech, Yumiko Ohara 22. Discursive construction of social relations, Zi Wang 23. Language socialization, Haruko Cook 24. Metrolanguage and city spaces, Emi Otsuji Part IV. Perspectives on language and society 25. Sociolinguistics and language life (gengo seikatsu), Patrick Heinrich 26. Bilingual education in Japan, Sachiyo Fujita-Round 27. Language rights, Goro Christoph Kimura 28. Language planning and language policy, Naoko Sano 29. Linguistic landscape, Peter Backhaus 30. Metroethnicity, John Maher 31. Japan as a multilingual society, Hiroshi Shoji


Patrick Heinrich is Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Society in the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Before joining Ca'Foscari University, he taught in Japan (Dokkyo University) and in Germany (Duisburg-Essen University) for many years. He has been a visiting professor at Toulouse University in France and at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. Heinrich acquired a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies from Duisburg University in 2002, and a post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) from the same university in 2005. He has co-edited a number of books in English and in Japanese: The Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages (de Gruyter Mouton, 2015); Globalising Sociolinguistics (Routledge, 2015); Language Crisis in the Ryukyus (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014); Ryukyu shogo no hoji o mezashite [In Pursuit of Ryukyuan Language Maintenance] (CoCo Shuppan, 2014); Language Life in Japan (Routledge, 2011); Higashiajia ni okeru gengo fukko [Language Revitalization in East Asia] (Sangensha, 2010); and Japanese as Foreign Language in the Age of Globalization (Iudicium, 2008). Forthcoming edited books and journal issues include The Sociolinguistics of Urban Language Life (Routledge, 2017) and Rethinking Sociolinguistic Theory (=special issue of the International Journal of the Society of Language 2017). He has written The Making of Monolingual Japan (Multilingual Matters, 2012) and Die Rezeption der westlichen in Linguistik im Modernen Japan [The Reception of Western Linguistics in Modern Japan] (Iudicium, 2002). He is on the editorial board of several journals including International Journal of the Sociology of Language, East Asian Pragmatics, Contemporary Japan and Current Issues in Language Planning.



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