Most people modify their ways of speaking, writing, texting, and e-mailing, and so on, according to the people with whom they are communicating. This fascinating book asks why we 'accommodate' to others in this way, and explores the various social consequences arising from it.
The book presents a collection of papers by Takesi Sibata, one of the leading linguists in Japan and a pioneer in the field of Japanese sociolinguistics. While incorporating numerous ideas from Western linguistics, Japanese sociolinguistics has developed largely independently from Western tradition. The volume not only makes accessible the work of a most influential scholar but, at the same time, provides an overdue introduction to the field of Japanese sociolinguistics.