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ERIC Number: ED201204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Pluralism in Japan: A Sociolinguistic Outline.
Honna, Nobuyuki
JALT Journal, v2 p5-29 1980
Addressing the common misconception that Japan is a mono-ethnic, mono-cultural, and monolingual society, this article focuses on several areas of sociolinguistic concern. It discusses: (1) the bimodalism of the Japanese deaf population between Japanese Sign Language as native language and Japanese Spoken Language as acquired second language; (2) the bidialectalism with diglossia situation that encompasses the switch between Japanese dialectal varieties according to social and psychological variables; (3) the explicit and implicit linguistic modes of urban and rural Japanese children, respectively; (4) the Ainu and the Koreans, both ethnic minorities in Japan whose linguistic situations point to the danger imposed by Japan's cultural parochialism; and (5) the need for foreign language education that enhances intercultural communication while fostering inter-group understanding and in-group maintenance. The benefit of a bicognitive approach which supports the coexistence of culturally, ethnically, and linguistically different groups is advanced. (Author/J)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Ainu; Bicognitive Approach; Bidialectalism; Japan; Koreans; Rural Language