Language Change in an Anglophone Community in Japan
3 Theoretical Background and Previous Research
3.1 Introduction This chapter presents theoretical background and previous research closely re- lated to the themes of this book: linguistic change in a dialect contact situation and the social network effects on it. This study intends to examine linguistic changes, namely modification in pronunciation, observed among individual na- tive speakers of English (NSsE) as a result of frequent face-to-face interaction between NSsE with different dialects and varieties in the Anglophone commu- nity of Japan and between those NSsE and mostly Japanese non-native speakers of English (non-NSsE). The linguistic changes in the speakers of the present study, which are considered to be a consequence of frequently accommodating their linguistic features to the people with whom they have close contact, will be illustrated in relation to the individual speakers’ social networks. The current study believes that one of the important factors that determine the linguistic be- haviour of the speaker is the social network to which the speaker belongs. The linguistic data will, therefore, be analysed in relation to the network structure of the individual NSsE. In this chapter, first, theoretical issues and studies in the field of dialect con- tact will be reviewed (3.2), second, studies in contact with non-NSsE will be discussed (3.3), and third, studies related to social networks will be considered (3.4). A brief summary will follow at the end of this chapter (3.5). 3.2 Dialect Contact Today, many people have the opportunity to travel freely throughout the world to work in different countries and live in different...
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