Japanese Studies Centre Seminar: “Approaches to studying language and social interaction: Analyzing longitudinal

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Date(s) - 25/09/2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, Building 54 (next to the bus loop), Monash University, Clayton Campus

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Speaker: Dr. Shimako Iwasaki and Dr. Ikuko Nakane (Monash University, University of Melbourne)

Wednesday 25th September 2013, 12pm-1pm

Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, Building 54, Monash University Clayton Campus


Using interview data collected over 24 years by Dr. Kaori Okano, this presentation considers several approaches to analyzing language and social interaction in Japanese. The data set provides a unique opportunity to examine how language and interaction change over time in conjunction with life transitions from young adulthood to motherhood and with transforming urban and social landscapes. The presentation combines explication of findings from analyses by our multidisciplinary team and reflection on how we can analyze longitudinal changes in spoken language through different approaches including discourse-functional linguistics, sociolinguistics, conversation analysis (CA) and CA-influenced interactional linguistics. The presentation introduces and demonstrates several analytic methods while considering their implications for understanding Japanese discourse.