Sociolinguistics in Japanese Contexts

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A collection of 24 papers, most selected from Sibata's 1978 () along with a few recent ones. An introduction characterizes him as the founder of the field in Japan and describes his methods. The sections cover the study of sociolinguistics, honorifics, language change, sociolect and ideolect, and norms of language. Among the topics are individual differences between investigators of linguistic geography, learning to say , the rise and fall of dialects, group language and its emergence, and discriminatory words and linguistic taboos. The bibliography of his work spans from 1937 to 1996. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Dr. Takesi Sibata and the Principal Trends in Japanese Sociolinguistics 5
1 The Language Life of the Japanese 19
2 The Survey of a Speech Community and its Methodology 51
3 A 24 Hour Survey of the Language Life of the Japanese 65
4 Individual Differences Among Investigators of Linguistic Geography 73
5 Honorifics and Honorifics Research 91
6 The Honorific Prefix "O-" in Contemporary Japanese 99
7 Learning to Say "HAHA" 127
8 The Language Life of Machino - The Social Psychology of Honorifics - 143
9 Honorifics in a Community 157
10 The Rise and Fall of Dialects 183
11 The Age Structure of the Speech Community 207
12 20 Years of the Itoigawa Dialect 217
13 The Evolution of Common Language in Hokkaido 229
14 Dialect Formation in a Settlement 249
15 Place Names as Evidence of Japanese Settlement in Ainu Areas 263
16 Group Language 277
17 Group Language and its Emergence 301
18 Fad Words and Language Bosses 309
19 Urbanization and Language Differences in Social Classes 321
20 Changes in Life and Changes in Language - Stabilization of New Expressions 335
21 The Microtoponymy of a Limited Area Considered as Part of the Vocabulary of an Idiolect 351
22 Consciousness of Language Norms 371
23 Standards of Pronunciation 379
24 Discriminatory Words and Linguistic Taboos 391
Notes 395
References 407
Complete Works of Takesi Sibata 415
Sources of Original Publications 473
Index 479
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