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Takeuchi, Jae DiBello – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
At a press conference in Japan, an L2-Japanese reporter questioned an L1-Japanese politician. Although the press conference was conducted in Japanese, the politician code-switched to English during their exchange. The reporter challenged the politician's code-switching; a confrontational exchange ensued. The reporter's reaction depicts the…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Second Language Learning, Japanese, Aggression
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Mori, Junko; Shima, Chiharu – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2021
The current study examines how Japanese and international care workers at a geriatric healthcare facility in Japan manage one of the most fundamental elements of handover interactions -- person reference and recognition to identify a particular care receiver and discuss their specific conditions and needs. By using Conversation analysis (CA) as a…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Geriatrics, Health Services, Discourse Analysis
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Didi-Ogren, Holly H. K. – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This article takes a sociocultural linguistic approach to code switching in investigating discursive functions of shifts between Standard Japanese and a regional dialect (Iwate Dialect) in women's activity-centered, naturally occurring interactions. The paper extends previous scholarship to a consideration of how shifts are used for discursive…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Language Usage, Japanese, Dialects
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Otomo, Ruriko – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Faced with a pressing demand for eldercare workers, Japan signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) to recruit workers from Southeast Asian countries. The EPA limits the employment period for migrant workers, unless they successfully pass the healthcare licensure examination in Japanese. Therefore, they receive on-the-job training and prepare…
Descriptors: On the Job Training, Japanese, Foreign Workers, Health Personnel
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Chen, Xi – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, new global challenges have been presented to all affected countries, underlining the importance of international communication and co-operation. This study examines a particular linguistic means, classical Chinese poetry, used successfully by China, Japan and South Korea to facilitate their intercultural…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Prevention, Foreign Countries
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Nakamura, Janice – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Mixed-ethnic children in Japan do not usually acquire the language of their non-Japanese parent. This study looks at their lost opportunity to acquire their minority parent's language through a retrospective investigation of their language experiences from childhood to young adulthood. Transcripts of interviews with ten mixed-ethnic children (ages…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Ethnic Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Language Acquisition
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Kirsch, Griseldis – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2019
In a market dominated by Hollywood, it is easy to overlook that the number of films (and televised productions) which are not in English is actually by far greater than those in English. However, although some non-English language film industries are vast, only a comparatively small number of productions are screened outside of their country of…
Descriptors: Films, Audiences, Translation, Cross Cultural Studies
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Motobayashi, Kyoko – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This study demonstrates the ways in which discourses in a state-sponsored volunteer program incited transformations of individual subjectivities, focusing on a group of Japanese language teacher volunteers training in Japan to become teachers of Japanese as a heritage language for the country's diaspora (Nikkei) population in South America. As…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Heritage Education, Volunteer Training, Foreign Nationals
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Furukawa, Gavin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
This article analyzes stylized pronunciations of English by Japanese speakers on televised variety shows in Japan. Research on style and mocking has done much to reveal how linguistic forms are utilized in interaction as resources of identity construction that can oftentimes subvert hegemonic discourse (Chun 2004). Within this research area,…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Language Styles, Multilingualism, Pronunciation
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Cook, Haruko Minegishi – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
This paper explores how referent honorifics contribute to identity construction on a Japanese TV shopping channel program. Drawing on Ochs' twostep model of indexicality (1993, 1996) and Agah's proposal (1993) that honorifics are not directly linked to social status but index a "relative position within events of discursive interaction"…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Japanese, Foreign Countries, Television
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Okamoto, Shigeko – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
Through a reexamination of the relationship between politeness and femininity in Japanese, this study considers some of the major theoretical issues concerning linguistic politeness in general. While politeness has been regarded as a central feature of Japanese women's speech, recent research has shown that politeness is a speech norm for women,…
Descriptors: Japanese, Pragmatics, Females, Social Behavior
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Dunn, Cynthia Dickel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2013
In recent years, politeness theory has increasingly focused on speakers' own conceptualizations of polite behavior, viewing politeness concepts as a type of language ideology. This article examines the construction of Japanese politeness concepts in the business etiquette training provided for new employees in Japanese companies. Drawing on…
Descriptors: Japanese, Pragmatics, Language Research, Business Communication
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Okamura, Akiko – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2009
This study examines how English speakers address, and are addressed by, their Japanese colleagues in Japan, and the deciding factors and motivation for the choice of address-forms in a given context. The local norms of English and Japanese are also examined through interviews with 15 British and 15 Japanese office workers in their home countries,…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Foreign Countries, English, Native Speakers
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Fujii, Yasunari – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2008
This article investigates the various types of support that addressees provide to a speaker who is telling a story. It compares addressee support behaviour in two societies, Japan and Australia, exploring how disparities between the two might relate to differences in the social regimentation of polite and friendly conversation in these cultures.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication