Date: 29-Aug-2008 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Socializing Identities through Speech Style: Cook E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Socializing Identities through Speech Style
Subtitle: Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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.