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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Socializing Identities through Speech Style
Subtitle: Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language
Written By: Haruko Minegishi Cook
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition

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 book discusses both
socialization through speech styles and socialization to use an appropriate
speech style. Qualitative analysis of dinnertime conversations demonstrates
how learners are implicitly and explicitly socialized into the norms of
style shift in Japanese in interaction with their host family members.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1847691013
ISBN-13: 9781847691019
Pages: 216
Prices: U.S. $ 119.95
U.K. £ 59.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1847691005
ISBN-13: 9781847691002
Pages: 216
Prices: U.K. £ 24.95
U.S. $ 49.95