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Dialect Contact and Social Networks

Language Change in an Anglophone Community in Japan


Keiko Hirano

This book explores a dialect contact situation in a second language setting – native speakers of English coming to Japan from different parts of the world as English teachers. It focuses on an Anglophone community in which speakers are socially and geographically mobile and have loose-knit networks with speakers of different languages and dialects. This longitudinal sociolinguistic study aims to investigate the relatively short-term linguistic changes induced by frequent face-to-face interaction with speakers of different dialects and to illustrate the impact of social network effects. Statistical analyses reveal that the individual speakers’ interpersonal ties are important factors that influence the linguistic behaviour of the speakers in a dialect contact situation in an L2 setting.


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Dialect Contact and Social Networks Bamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics Begründet von / founded by Wolfgang Viereck Herausgegeben von / edited by Manfred Krug, Heinrich Ramisch und / and Wolfgang Viereck Bd./Vol. 56 Keiko Hirano Dialect Contact and Social Networks Language Change in an Anglophone Community in Japan Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hirano, Keiko, 1961- Dialect contact and social networks : language change in an anglophone community in Japan / Keiko Hirano. pages cm — (Bamberger beiträge zur englischen sprachwissenschaft = Bamberg studies in English linguistics series no1 ; Bd./v. 56) ISBN 978-3-631-62776-1 — ISBN 978-3-653-02782-2 (E-Book) 1. Lan- guage and education—Japan. 2. Second language acquisition—Japan. 3. Social networks—Japan. 4. Sociolinguistics—Japan. 5. Bilingualism—Japan. I. Title. P40.85.J3H57 2013 306.44'60952--dc23 2013034971 ISSN 0721-281X ISBN 978-3-631-62776-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-02782-2 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-02782-2 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main ∙ Bern ∙ Bruxelles ∙ New York ∙ Oxford ∙ Warszawa ∙ Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This...

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