Multilingualism in Japanese public space - reading the signs

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    This paper looks at multilingual signs and what these signs have to tell us about multilingualism in Japan in general. Working with a larger sample of signs collected in central Tokyo, it is shown how these signs can be read to reflect larger transformations in Japanese society and its linguistic make-up at large. Four interrelated factors are identified as indicative of these transformations: (1) favourable attitudes toward foreign languages, (2) official internationalization policies, (3) growing ethnicisation in some areas, and (4) a recent interest in Korean culture and language.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-372
    Number of pages14
    JournalJapanese Studies
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec

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    In: Japanese Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3, 12.2010, p. 359-372.

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