This book is the first in a unique series drawn from an interdisciplinary, longitudinal project entitled ‘Thirty Years of Talk.’ For 30 years, Okano recorded ethnographic interviews and collected data on the language of working class women in Kobe, Japan. This long-range study sketches the transitions in these women's lives and how their language use, discourse and identities change in specific sociocultural contexts as they shift through different stages of their personal and public lives. It is a ground-breaking, ‘real time’ panel study that follows the same individuals and observes the same phenomena at regular intervals over three decades. In this volume the authors examine the changes in the speech of one particular woman, Kanako, as her social identity shifts from high-school girl to mother and fisherman’s wife, and as her relationship with the interviewer develops. They identify changes in linguistic strategies as she negotiates gender/sexuality norms, stylistic features related to the construction of rapport, the use of discourse markers as she gets older, and the interviewer’s information-seeking strategies.
1. Phase One of the Longitudinal Study of Kobe Women’s Ethnographic Interviews 1989-2019: Kanako 1989 and 2000 (Kaori Okano and Claire Maree)
2. Kanako’s World 1989-2000: Growing Up Working Class and Shifting Identities (Kaori Okano)
3. Dialect and Discourse Markers Use: From Adolescence into Adulthood (Lidia Tanaka)
4. ‘Give Me A Break Already’: Gender, Laughter and the Interviewed-Self (Claire Maree)
5. Rapport and Discourse Transformation in Ethnographic Interview (Ikuko Nakane)
6. Evolving Questions, Questioning and Affiliation in Ongoing Ethnographic Interviews (Shimako Iwasaki)
7. Epilogue: Shifting Identities, Over the Years, and Within Ethnographic Interviews (Claire Maree and Kaori Okano)
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