Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
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Language Socialization in Japanese

  • Haruko Minegishi Cook
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_215


This chapter discusses research on language socialization in Japanese, both socialization of native Japanese speakers as well as that of learners of Japanese as a foreign language.

The theoretical perspective of language socialization is couched in the phenomenological tradition (Husserl, 1970 [ 1910]) and grew out of linguistic anthropology, in particular, the ethnography of communication (Hymes, 1964). From these academic perspectives, language socialization research considers language acquisition to be embedded in cultural practice and investigates how novices learn to become competent members in a social group by participating in the daily routines of culturally organized activities. However, due to the fact that there has been no tradition of ethnography in Japan, language socialization research has not developed there (cf. Shibamoto, 1987). To date, most research on language socialization in Japanese has been conducted by scholars who were trained in the United...


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  • Haruko Minegishi Cook
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  1. 1.Dept of East Asian Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA