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Title: Being and Becoming a Speaker of Japanese
Subtitle: An Autoethnographic Account
Written By: Andrea Simon-Maeda
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition

This autoethnographic account of the author’s Japanese as a second language
learning trajectory is an important and unique addition to diary studies in
SLA and applied linguistics qualitative research circles. In-depth
ethnographic details and introspective commentary are skilfully interwoven
throughout Simon-Maeda’s narrative of her experiences as an American
expatriate who arrived in Japan in 1975 – the starting point of her being
and becoming a speaker of Japanese. The book joins the recent surge in
postmodernist, interdisciplinary approaches to examining language
acquisition, and readers are presented with a highly convincing case for
using autoethnography to better understand sociolinguistic complexities
that are unamenable to quantification of isolated variables. The
comprehensive literature review and wide ranging references provide a
valuable source of information for researchers, educators, and graduate
students concerned with current issues in SLA/applied linguistics,
bi/multilingualism, and Japanese as a second language.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847693617
Pages: 176
Prices: U.S. $ 124.95
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847693600
Pages: 176
Prices: U.K. £ 24.95
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