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Socializing Identities through Speech Style Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language Author: Haruko Minegishi Cook

Paperback - 240 pages
21 Aug 2008
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


Drawing on the perspective of language socialization and a theory of indexicality, this book examines dinnertime talk in a homestay context and explores ways in which learners of Japanese as a foreign language and their Japanese host families socialize their identities through speech style.


Based on a fine-grained analysis of situated interactional data, the volume is impressive in its theoretical depth and promises to make a multi-dimensional contribution to the field.
Eton Churchill, Kanagawa University, Japan

Author Biography:

Haruko Minegishi Cook is a Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She earned a PhD in Linguistics from University of Southern California. Her main research interests include language socialization, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics. She has published in major journals and edited volumes and a number of articles on the Japanese sentence-final particles, honorifics, and style shift from a constructivist perspective.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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