"In this book, Richard Kern explores how technology matters to language and the ways in which we use it. Kern reveals how material, social and individual resources interact in the design of textual meaning, and how that interaction plays out across contexts of communication, different situations of technological mediation, and different moments in time."
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.