1st Edition

Language in Public Spaces in Japan

Edited By Nanette Gottlieb Copyright 2011
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book throws light on ideologies, practices and sociocultural developments currently shaping language use in Japan by departing from the more common investigation of language in private contexts and examining aspects of the language found in a range of significant public spaces, from the material (an international airport, the streets of Tokyo, the JSL classroom in Japan and courtrooms) to the electronic (television dramas, local government web pages and cyberspace).

    Through its study of the language encountered in such settings, the volume provides a deeper understanding of multifaceted aspects of linguistic diversity, both in terms of the use of languages other than Japanese and of issues relating to the Japanese language itself. The variety of theoretical approaches brought to bear by contributing authors ensures a substantial intellectual contribution to the literature on language in contemporary Japan.

    This book was published as a special issue of Japanese Studies.

    Introduction: Language in Public Spaces in Japan (Nanette Gottlieb, University of Queensland)

    Public Signs as Narrative in Japan (Patricia Wetzel, Portland State University)

    Language Choices at Naha Airport (Patrick Heinrich, Dokkyo University)

    Multilingualism in Japanese Public Space – Reading the Signs (Peter Backhaus, Waseda University)

    Local Government Websites in Japan: International, Multicultural, Multilingual? (Tessa Carroll, Stirling, United Kingdom)

    Playing with Language in E-Japan: Old Wine in New Bottles (Nanette Gottlieb, University of Queensland)

    Finding Mr. Right: New Looks at Gendered Modernity in Japanese Televised Romances (Debra Occhi, Miyazaki International College; Cindi SturtzSreetharan ,CSU Sacramento; Janet Shibamoto-Smith, University of California, Davis)

    Who is to say ‘Your Japanese is incorrect’? Reflection on ‘Correct’ Japanese Usages by Learners of Japanese (Chihiro Kinoshita-Thomson, University of New South Wales)

    Partial Non-Use of Interpreters in Japanese Criminal Court Proceedings (Ikuko Nakane, University of Melbourne)


    Nanette Gottlieb FAHA is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies and ARC Professorial Fellow in the Japan Program, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Her recent work includes Language and Society in Japan (2005) and Linguistic Stereotyping and Minority Groups in Japan (2006). She is currently working on a five-year study of the challenges to language policy in Japan brought about by both increased immigration and new technologies, with a book to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.