[lg policy] book notice: Language Policy in Japan: The Challenge of Change

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 25 14:27:29 UTC 2011

Language Policy in Japan: The Challenge of Change
Nanette Gottlieb
University of Queensland
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 (ISBN-13: 9781107007161)

Not yet published - available from March 2012

Over the last thirty years, two social developments have occurred that
have led to a need for change in language policy in Japan. One is the
increase in the number of migrants needing opportunities to learn
Japanese as a second language, the other is the influence of
electronic technologies on the way Japanese is written. This book
looks at the impact of these developments on linguistic behaviour and
language management and policy, and at the role of language ideology
in the way they have been addressed. Immigration-induced demographic
changes confront long cherished notions of national monolingualism and
technological advances in electronic text production have led to
textual practices with ramifications for script use and for literacy
in general. The book will be welcomed by researchers and professionals
in language policy and management and by those working in Japanese

1. Language ideology, planning and policy; 2. The language needs of
immigrants; 3. Foreign languages other than English in education and
the community; 4. Technology and language policy change; 5. National
language policy and an internationalising community.

Advance praise: 'With insight and precision, this fine book confronts
the dramatic changes in language policy in contemporary Japanese
society as well as the ghosts of the cultural hegemonies of the past.'
John C. Maher, International Christian University, Tokyo

'Gottlieb raises timely questions regarding Japan's language policy -
in terms of both ideological stance and practical implementation.'
Patricia J. Wetzel, Portland State University

'A far-reaching, detailed and highly accessible analysis of how
Japan's language policy is adapting to the impact of technological
change and the challenges brought by an increasingly multilingual,
multicultural population.' Tessa Carroll, author of Language Planning
and Language Change in Japan


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