Gender, Language and Ideology

A genealogy of Japanese women's language

Momoko Nakamura | Kanto Gakuin University
ISBN 9789027206497 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269294 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The book examines women’s language as an ideological construct historically created by discourse. The aim is to demonstrate, by delineating a genealogy of Japanese women’s language, that, to deconstruct and denaturalize the relationships between gender and any language, and to account for why and how they are related as they are, we must consider history, discourse and ideology. The book analyzes multiple discourse examples spanning the premodern period of the thirteenth century to the immediate post-WWII years, mostly translated into English for the first time, locating them in political, social and academic developments and describing each historical period in a manner easily accessible for those readers not familiar with Japanese history. This is the first book that describes a comprehensive development of Japanese women’s language and will greatly interest students of Japanese language, gender and language studies, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and history, as well as women’s studies and sexuality studies.
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“In this wide-ranging work, Momoko Nakamura develops a challenging, sometimes surprising, but always persuasive critical corrective to deeply entrenched, essentialist conceptions of Japanese women’s language. Her historical discourse approach provides an especially productive vantage point not only on language and gender in Japan but on the formation and transformation of language ideologies everywhere.”
“Through a critical analysis of voluminous historical data on metalinguistic discursive practices, Momoko Nakamura, a preeminent scholar of Japanese language and gender, effectively denaturalizes the orthodox relationship between language and gender and elucidates the process and implications of the ideological construction of “Japanese women’s language.” A stimulating and invaluable addition to the field!”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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