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Calls: Japanese; Anthro Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/China
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Judit Kroo <jkroo
Tactics and Strategies of
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Full Title: Tactics and
Strategies of Marginalization in Japanese
Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Judit Kroo
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics;
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018
Full Title: Losing One’s 'Place': Linguistic Tactics and Strategies of
Marginalization in Japanese
The notion of ba ‘place’ or ibasho ‘a place where one belongs or
fits in’ has been considered from a sociological perspective as central to Japanese discursive social
frameworks (Brinton, 2010; Sugimoto and Shoji, 2006) and salient with respect to a range of pragmatic
linguistic phenomena especially the loosely defined set of strategies subsumed under ‘politeness’ (Ide,
1989; Haugh, 2005 etc.). At the same time, the social practices related to participation in normative
ba/ibasho are falling out of reach for many Japanese. The concept of ba-ibasho is thus inseparable from
that of marginalization as individuals who deviate from normative participation patterns with respect to
a given ba may be marginalized by that ba, and individuals may choose to agentively remove themselves
from normative social frameworks, thus self-marginalizing with respect to a ba.
The papers on
this panel will investigate marginalization in Japanese as it emerges through discursive and pragmatic
practices. Debate and inter-paper dialogue is expected from diverse researchers whose work grapples with
the margins of linguistically achieved ba across a range of interactional contexts. These include but
are not limited to media discourses, institutional talk and everyday conversation. Rather than assuming
marginalization as a taken-for-granted effect of social frameworks, the papers on this panel will
empirically explore the range of linguistic strategies through which marginalization is achieved and how
individuals at times use self-marginalization to their advantage.
Following broader trends in
the social sciences that recognize social categories, including identity, as sites of linguistic
transmodal subjectivity, we investigate marginalization from both the individual speaker and broader
social regulatory perspective, focusing on the linguistic strategies and pragmatically rich items
through which speakers are marginalized or marginalize themselves. Marginalization is thus an agentive
tactic of speakers (self-marginalization) as well as a strategy of broader social structures
(marginalization of speakers). This panel aims to collaboratively construct a framework of
marginalization, noting that while it is the focus of much fruitful research, (Cornips and de Rooij,
2018) it is frequently employed as an undertheorized term.
We invite further contributions that
address linguistic marginalization as a pragmatic strategy and norm in Japanese speaking contexts.
Linguistic data may include political discourse, popular media, natural speech etc. of individuals’
(including non-ethnic Japanese) whose social practices and identity performances are marginalized within
Tentatively confirmed speakers: Gavin Furukawa, Judit Kroo, Junko Saito, Kyoto
Satoh, GIancarla Unser-Schutz, Tsuchiya Keiko
Brinton, M. (2010). Lost in
Transition: Youth, Work and Instability in Postindustrial Japan.
Cornips, L. and de Rooij, V.
(2018). The Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging: Perspectives from the margins.
(2005). The importance of “place” in Japanese politeness – Implications for cross-cultural and
Ide, S. (1989). Formal forms and discernment: Two neglected aspects of
universals of linguistic politeness.
Sugimoto, K. and Shoji, I. (2006). Structure of the
Psychological Function and Developmental Changes in “Ibasho” (Existential Place).
Abstracts of 250 - 500 words (including references) can be submitted until October 15
via the IPrA conference website https://ipra2019.exordo.com/
Additional information regarding the abstract submission process can be found at http://pragmatics.international/page/CfP
you have any questions, please contact us via email: jkroo
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