Japanese language and the influences of computer-mediated communication: how people feel about their language use
This study investigates how Japanese young people feel about their language use, for example, its accuracy and appropriateness. Extensive exposure to Japanese mobile phone email (Keitai-mail) as computer-mediated communication (CMC) may differ in terms of standard language use and grammar. Therefore, this study investigates how CMC affects language use in young people. The results show that Japanese native speakers feel that the advanced part of the Japanese language, such as the polite form (Keigo) and/or kanji (Chinese characters), is difficult. They are also concerned that the dictionary installed on their mobile device will affect their language abilities in both positive and negative ways. Some participants try to read print works in an effort to uphold their literacy standard.
KeywordsComputer mediated communication (CMC) Japanese studies Standard Appropriateness
This paper is based on my Ph.D. dissertation. I would like to express my appreciation to Emeritus Professor Nanette Gottlieb, Dr. Yuriko Nagata and Dr. Michael Harrington.
This research project was supported by several scholarships and a research grant: The University of Queensland, the Faculty of Arts International Scholarship. Nanette Gottlieb’s Australian Professorial Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council. Tokyo Foundation.
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