LINGUIST List 32.790

Wed Mar 03 2021

Books: The Dutch Language in Japan (1600-1900): Joby

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Date: 03-Mar-2021
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Subject: The Dutch Language in Japan (1600-1900): Joby
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Title: The Dutch Language in Japan (1600-1900)
Subtitle: A Cultural and Sociolinguistic Study of Dutch as a Contact Language in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
Published: 2021
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Christopher Joby
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004438651 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 169
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004436442 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 169

In The Dutch Language in Japan (1600-1900) Christopher Joby offers the first book-length account of the knowledge and use of the Dutch language in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan. For most of this period, the Dutch were the only Europeans permitted to trade with Japan. Using the analytical tool of language process, this book explores the nature and consequences of contact between Dutch and Japanese and other language varieties. The processes analysed include language learning, contact and competition, code switching, translation, lexical, syntactic and graphic interference, and language shift. The picture that emerges is that the multifarious uses of Dutch, especially the translation of Dutch books, would have a profound effect on the language, society, culture and intellectual life of Japan.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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