Socializing Identities through Speech Style

Socializing Identities through Speech Style

Drawing on the perspective of language socialization and a theory of indexicality, this book explores ways in which learners of Japanese as a foreign language and their Japanese host families socialize their identities through style shift between the masu and plain forms in a homestay context. Going beyond the usual assumption that the masu form is a polite speech marker, the book analyzes the masu form as an index of various social identities and activities. The… (more)

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Publisher: Multilingual Matters (August 21, 2008)

Collection: Second Language Acquisition

Language: English


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