Socializing Identities through Speech Style: Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language

Socializing Identities through Speech Style: Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language

by Haruko Minegishi Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 1847691005

ISBN-13: 9781847691002

Pub. Date: 08/15/2008

Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Drawing on the perspective of language socialization and a theory of indexicality, this book explores ways in which learners of Japanese as a foreign language and their Japanese host families socialize their identities through style shift between the masu and plain forms in a homestay context. Going beyond the usual assumption that the masu form is a polite speech

Overview

Drawing on the perspective of language socialization and a theory of indexicality, this book explores ways in which learners of Japanese as a foreign language and their Japanese host families socialize their identities through style shift between the masu and plain forms in a homestay context. Going beyond the usual assumption that the masu form is a polite speech marker, the book analyzes the masu form as an index of various social identities and activities. The book discusses both socialization through speech styles and socialization to use an appropriate speech style. Qualitative analysis of dinnertime conversations demonstrates how learners are implicitly and explicitly socialized into the norms of style shift in Japanese in interaction with their host family members.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847691002
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Series:
Second Language Acquisition Series , #32
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Indexical approach to language and language socialization
Chapter 2. Social meaning and indexicality
Chapter 3. Functions of the masu form
Chapter 4. Identity construction through use of the masu form: JFL learners and host families
Chapter 5. Marked and unmarked uses of the masu form in the homestay context
Chapter 6. Explicit language socialization: Socialization to use polite language
Chapter 7. Implications of the study for L2 pragmatics and pedagogy
Chapter 8. Conclusion
References
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

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