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Title:
The Case for Multilingual Japan: 1968-2008
When:
25.Feb.2009 17.00 - 18.30
Where:
Room G.03, 20 Cromer Terrace - Leeds
Category:
National Institute of Japanese Studies

Description

East Asian Identities and Cultures Cluster Seminar 

John C. Maher

Professor of Linguistics, International Christian University, Tokyo and Visiting Professor St. Antony's College, Oxford

 

Abstract 

Language diversity continues to evolve in the Japanese archipelago that comprises older mother tongues, newcomer languages, pidgins and creoles and newly standardizing languages. Multilingualism in Japan is greater than the sum of its languages. It resides not in the celebration of micro-ethnicities, of mere 'difference' but in a growing awareness of social hybridity, life-style crossing and 'metroethnicity' (Maher 2005).

How has the notion 'multilingual Japan' gained momentum over the past 40 years?  A nationwide survey of language awareness among college students in Japan will be discussed together with a vision for future strategic thinking in politics and education.

 

All welcome!

Venue

Venue:
Room G.03, 20 Cromer Terrace   -   Website
Street:
University of Leeds
ZIP:
LS2 9JT
City:
Leeds
State:
West Yorkshire
Country:
UK

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Room G.03, Cromer Terrace

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