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

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Language Policy in Japan: The Challenge of Change
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Published by Cambridge Unive...

Author:   Gottlieb, Nanette
ISBN: 978 1 107 00716 1
Format: Hardback
Pages: 220
List price(s): 60.00 GBP
Publication date: 30 November 2011

Short description

A study of language management and policy in Japan.

Full description

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

Table of contents

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.

Nanette Gottlieb is Professor of Japanese Studies in the Japan Program
of the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the
University of Queensland. She has published widely in international
journals in the areas of language modernisation, script reform, script
policy and the impact of word processing technology in Japan. Her
recent publications include Language and Society in Japan (Cambridge
University Press, 2005) and Linguistic Stereotyping and Minority
Groups in Japan (2006).


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