The Making of Monolingual Japan: Language Ideology and Japanese Modernity by Patrick HeinrichThe Making of Monolingual Japan: Language Ideology and Japanese Modernity by Patrick Heinrich

The Making of Monolingual Japan: Language Ideology and Japanese Modernity

byPatrick Heinrich

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Japan is widely regarded as a model case of successful language modernization, and it is often erroneously believed to be linguistically homogenous. There is a connection between these two views. As the first ever non-Western language to be modernized, Japanese language modernizers needed to convince the West that Japanese was just as good a language as the national languages of the West. The result was a fervent desire for linguistic uniformity. Today the legacy of modernist language ideology poses many problems to an internationalizing Japan. All indigenous minority languages are heading towards extinction, and this purposefully created homogeneity also affects the integration of immigrants and their languages. This book examines these issues from the perspective of language ideology, and in doing so the mechanisms by which language ideology undermines linguistic diversity are revealed.
Patrick Heinrich is an associate professor at Dokkyo University, Japan. His research interests focus on language ideology, language endangerment, history of linguistics, and social aspects of foreign language learning. Recent publications include Higashi ajia ni okeru gengo fukko [Language Revitalization in East Asia] (co-edited with S...
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Title:The Making of Monolingual Japan: Language Ideology and Japanese ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.38 × 5.74 × 0.47 inPublished:February 10, 2012Publisher:Multilingual MattersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Language ideology as a field of inquiry2. The call of Mori Arinori to replace Japanese3. The creation of a modern voice4. The unification of Japanese 5. The linguistic assimilation of Ryukyuans and Ainu6. The most beautiful language in the world7. Language ideology as self-fulfilling prophecy 8. Current challenges to modernist language ideology9. Language ideology in twenty-first century Japan

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In conclusion, this book is more than a welcome addition to recent monographs in English on language policy and language ideologies in Japan. Overall, Heinrich’s study convincingly narrates the formation of modern Japanese language ideology, drawing on a wide range of literature in Japanese, English and German. His sources include those that pay primary attention to historical developments within Japan and others anchored in language policy and ideology more broadly that serve to raise general theoretical concerns. - Noriko Watanabe, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan in Language Policy (2014) 13:75–77