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The Language of Feminine Duty

Articulating Gender, Culture, and Covert Policy in Modern Japan

Rika Saito

This book examines "women’s speech" as a policy of constructs expressed in official and unofficial discourse from the 1880s to the 1920s in Japan. It analyzes specific language policies that were incorporated through governmental gender policy to perpetuate "women’s speech," asymmetrical gendered speech styles and concepts in the Japanese language. It also seeks to develop cross-cultural approaches to language and gender theories initiated in the United States and Europe by proposing new concepts of language policy. This work contributes to ongoing interdisciplinary scholarship on gender, language, and policy by reconsidering the relationship between the Japanese "national language" and "women’s speech."

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Names: Saito, Rika, author.

Title: The language of feminine duty: articulating gender, culture, and

covert policy in modern Japan / Rika Saito.

Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2021.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020050668 (print) | LCCN 2020050669 (ebook)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8455-0 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-8460-4 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8405-5 (epub)

Subjects: LCSH: Women’s rights— Japan— History— 20th century. |

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