Language and Society in Japan


Language and Society in Japan

Nanette Gottlieb's comprehensive study considers the role of language in Japanese society, particularly in relation to the formation of national and personal identities. It covers important questions such as multilingualism, language and nationalism, language and technology, and literacy and reading habits. Written by a leading authority in this field, Gottlieb's work is essential reading for students and scholars wishing to know more about the Japanese language and the society in which it is spoken.


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'Nanette Gottlieb's latest book, Language and Society in Japan, continues a high standard of inquiry into Japanese language issues … there is no better chronicler in English of Japanese language policy … Gottleib's observations on the teaching of Japanese and of English as a foreign language are especially timely … makes an important distinction between linguistic stereotyping and discriminatory language …Gottleib's discussion of this and other issues in this book provides sufficient information for the reader to speculate right along with her about the linguistic future of Japan.' Monumenta Nipponica

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