A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
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.