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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Ed. by Duchêne, Alexandre / Coulmas, Florian


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Volume 2015, Issue 232

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The management of language and power in intercultural contact situations in Japan

Lisa Fairbrother
Published Online: 2015-01-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0042

Abstract

This article examines how participants in intercultural contact situations in Japan manage deviations relating to language and power in their daily life interactions. Based on the management summaries of eight plurilingual residents of Japan, this study investigates how deviations relating to language and power are noted and evaluated and what adjustment strategies are implemented in such cases. The results suggest that the management of language and power is complex and a number of interests may be in conflict. Deviations relating to power may be evaluated both positively and negatively and a lack of language proficiency can actually be used as a powerful tool. It is argued that speaker identity is a crucial issue that influences how interactional problems will be managed.

Keywords: language management; power; intercultural contact situations; identity

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Published Online: 2015-01-30

Published in Print: 2015-03-01


Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2015, Issue 232, Pages 59–78, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0042.

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