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Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology : Cultural Models and Real People - Shigeko Okamoto

Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology

Cultural Models and Real People

By: Shigeko Okamoto (Editor), Janet S. Shibamoto Smith (Editor)

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Published: 1st October 2004
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Japanese Language, Gender and Ideology is a collection of previously unpublished articles by established as well as promising young scholars in Japanese language and gender studies. The contributors to this edited volume argue that traditional views of language in Japan are cultural constructs created by policy makers and linguists, and that Japanese society in general, and language use in particular, are much more diverse and heterogeneous than previously understood. This volume brings together studies that substantially advance our understanding of the relationship between Japanese language and gender, with particular focus on examining local linguistic practices in relation to dominant ideologies. Topics studies include gender and politeness, the history of language policy, language and Japanese romance novels and fashion magazines, bar talk, dictionary definitions, and the use of first-person pronouns. The volume will substantially advance the agenda of this field, and will be of interest to sociolinguists, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars of Japan and Japanese.

"Exciting... This book is an important and refreshing addition to the existing work on Japanese language and gender. It not only scrutinizes the language and gender topic from a newer and broader perspective but it also aims at and succeeds in showing the reader that Japanese language and gender research is a continuous dynamic rather than a sequence of unrelated stages. In addition to these, the book also introduces the reader to the work of a number of key Japanese scholars who have influenced the research on language and gender in Japan and put it on a sounder, more innovative track but whose work has not been readily available in English. ...fresh, interesting, and groundbreaking."--Linguist List 16.1676 "Exciting... This book is an important and refreshing addition to the existing work on Japanese language and gender. It not only scrutinizes the language and gender topic from a newer and broader perspective but it also aims at and succeeds in showing the reader that Japanese language and gender research is a continuous dynamic rather than a sequence of unrelated stages. In addition to these, the book also introduces the reader to the work of a number of key Japanese scholars who have influenced the research on language and gender in Japan and put it on a sounder, more innovative track but whose work has not been readily available in English. ...fresh, interesting, and groundbreaking."--Linguist List 16.1676

Note on Naming Contributors Shigeko Okamoto and Janet S. Shibamoto Smith: Introduction Part I: Historical and Theoretical Foundations 1: Sumiyuki Yukawa and Masami Saito: Cultural Ideologies in Japanese Linguistics and Gender Studies: A Theoretical Studies 2: Shigeko Okamoto: Ideology in Linguistic Practice and Analysis: Gender and Politeness in Japanese Revisited 3: Miyako Inoue: Gender, Language, and Modernity: Toward an Effective History of "Japanese Women's Language" 4: Rumi Washi: "Japanese Female Speech" and Language Policy in the World War II Era 5: Wim Lunsing and Claire Maree: Shifting Speakers: Negotiating Reference in Relation to Sexuality and Gender Part II: Linguistic Ideologies and Cultural Models 6: Janet S. Shibamoto Smith: Language and Gender in the (Hetero)Romance: "Reading" the Ideal Hero/ine through Lovers' Dialogue in Japanese Romance Fiction 7: Momoko Nakamura: "Let's Dress a Little Girlishly!" or "Conquer Short Pants!" Constructing Gendered Communities in Fashion Magazines for Young People 8: Laura Miller: You Are Doing Burikko! Censoring/Scrutinizing Artificers of Cute Femininity in Japanese 9: Orie Endo, Janet S. Shibamoto Smith, Translator: Women and Words: The Status of Sexist Language in Japan as Seen through Contemporary Dictionary Definitions and Media Discourse Part III: Real Language, Real People 10: Yukako Sunaoshi: Farm Women's Professional Discourse in Ibaraki 11: Hideko Abe: Lesbian Bar Talk in Shinjuku, Tokyo 12: Yumiko Ohara: Prosody and Gender in Workplace Interaction: Exploring Constraints and Resources in the Use of Japanese 13: Yoshiko Matsumoto: Alternative Femininity: Personae of Middle-aged Mothers 14: Ayumi Miyazaki: Japanese Junior High School Girls' and Boys' First-Person Pronoun Use and Their Social World 15: Cindi Sturtz-Streetharam: Japanese Men's Linguistic Stereotypes and Realities: Conversations from the Kansai and Kanto Regions Index

ISBN: 9780195166187
ISBN-10: 0195166183
Series: Studies in Language and Gender
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44