[lg policy] bibitem: . Japan: Language Policy and Planning in Transition

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 4 14:48:12 UTC 2010

ERIC no.: EJ822424
. Japan: Language Policy and Planning in Transition
Author:. Gottlieb, Nanette

Abstract:A brief narrative description of the journal article,
document, or resource. This monograph discusses the language situation
in Japan, with an emphasis on language planning and policy. Japan has
long considered itself to be a monoethnic and therefore monolingual
society, despite the existence of substantial old-comer ethnic
minorities, and this--with the instrumental exception of English--has
been reflected in its language planning and policy until quite
recently. Increasing immigration (and hence emergent new-comer
multilingualism), technological advances affecting the way people
write and a perceived need to improve the teaching of English,
however, mean that policies have begun to undergo a rethink. This
monograph is divided into three main sections. Under the language
profile of Japan I discuss in detail the national language and
minority languages; the next section discusses language spread and
maintenance through the education system and other means; and I
conclude with some thoughts on how language planning and policy might
develop in the future. My aim is to give readers a sense of how major
language issues in Japan are evolving in such a manner that many of
the policies developed during the 20th century may no longer be
totally relevant. (Contains 3 tables and 24 notes.)

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