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Japan's Built-in Lexicon of English-based Loanwords Author: Frank E. Daulton

Hardback - 200 pages
06 Dec 2007
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)

Key features

- Japan offers a prime example of lexical borrowing which relates to language transfer in second and foreign language learning - the insights gained by examining language borrowing in Japan can be applied wherever language contact has occurred and foreign languages are learned.


Many of the most important English vocabulary may already exist in native lexicons. This pioneering book examines Japanese lexical borrowing, clarifies the effect of cognates on foreign language acquisition, assesses Japanese cognates that correspond to high-frequency and academic English, and discusses using this resource in teaching. Extensive lists of loanword cognates are included.


This book is a valuable contribution to SLA research. Apart from the obvious target of the book, SLA researchers and teachers anywhere in the world, it will be of particular interest to the Japanese community and to Westerners interested in Japanese language and culture. It is not easy to write a book appealing to audiences as disparate as this, but Daulton has managed to do this very well. He writes clearly and lucidly and makes good use of his teaching experience in Japan.
Håkan Ringbom, Emeritus Professor of English, Åbo Akademi University

Author Biography:

Frank E. Daulton is an Associate Professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. Born in the United States, he has taught EFL in Japan for nearly two decades. His academic interests include vocabulary acquisition and language transfer. He holds degrees in Journalism (University of Missouri) and Education (Temple University). And in 2004, he completed his doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington under vocabulary expert Paul Nation. He resides on the shore of Lake Biwa with his wife and three children.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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