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ERIC Number: ED436086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Towards the Katakanization of English in Japan: Implications for Language Learning.
Reedy, Sean
This study investigated the extent to which foreign words have become assimilated into the Japanese lexicon during the decade of the 1990s. Since the 1980s, a number of linguists and educators have argued that the rate of loan word absorption into Japanese has increased dramatically. However, most of the studies are speculative or anecdotal. This study presents clear empirical evidence of a marked increase in the penetration of loan words into the Japanese language. This rapid rate of absorption of primarily English loan words has significant ramifications for foreign language learning in Japan. Researchers used the Japanese Proficiency Test, Level 1, for the years 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998 as the data source. They made the assumption that the test was a conservative estimate of the degree to which foreign loan words have penetrated the Japanese language. Data analysis indicated that rather than moving towards a variety of English, the pattern of loan word absorption in Japan appears to be moving towards an appropriation of English loan words into Japanese, also called the katakanization of English. Evidence of this can be seen in the rapid increase in the number of loan words on the test. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan