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

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 1 21:25:56 UTC 2013

Language Policy in Japan
The Challenge of Change

   - Author: Nanette Gottlieb


   - Published: December 2011
   - format: Hardback
   - isbn: 9781107007161


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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 Studies.

   - Discusses a major language policy challenge facing Japan today - that
   of increased migration
   - Elucidates the links between language policy and ideology to enable
   readers to understand the motivations behind language policy decisions
   - Shows how the recent change in Kanji policy dovetails with language
   ideology, while provision of JSL classes for migrants does not


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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