LINGUIST List 29.2998

Tue Jul 24 2018

Calls: Japanese; Anthro Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling/China

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Date: 23-Jul-2018
From: Judit Kroo <>
Subject: Tactics and Strategies of Marginalization in Japanese
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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
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Japanese

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

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 communities.

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.
Haugh, M. (2005). The importance of “place” in Japanese politeness – Implications for cross-cultural and intercultural analysis.
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).

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of 250 - 500 words (including references) can be submitted until October 15 via the IPrA conference website Additional information regarding the abstract submission process can be found at If you have any questions, please contact us via email:

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