Language Use in Interlingual Familes: A Japanese-English by Masayo Yamamoto

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By Masayo Yamamoto

This ebook introduces the best way languages are utilized in Japanese-English interlingual households in Japan and explains what elements effect their language selection, with the purpose of arriving at a predictive version of language use. It additionally proposes a taxonomy of interlingual kin kinds and a typological version of language use.

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Another factor is the gender of the speaker of each language, with the father’s language influencing that of the home (Lyon, 1996) and the mother’s language influencing that of the child (Lük, 1986; Lyon, 1996). Language as a part of the core value system is claimed to affect parental language maintenance (Clyne & Kipp, 1997; Pauwels, 1985). Parental and societal support may affect the child’s bilingual development (Hoffmann, 1985). Familial factors include family mobility and the need or desire for communication with the extended family, both of which influence the parents’ language use (Harding & Riley, 1986).

While parents tend to use the native language of one partner between them, each parent seems to prefer using her or his own native language in parent–child communication. That is, pJs most often choose Japanese and pEs most often select English in speaking to children. More children also tend to use Japanese in speaking to the pJ. However, that is not the case in child–pE communication. In speaking to the pE almost equal numbers of children choose English, Japanese, and both languages. As for language use among siblings, it was found that most pairs chose Japanese as the main language of communication.

In other words, the parental native language totally matches the community language. Unlike the two previous groups, these families must activate their bilingual potential by using another language among the family members. 1 Four types of interlingual families native speakers of Japanese, but with another language being used at least partially for communication among the family members. Those who use Japanese as the sole means of communication are not classified as interlingual families. On the other hand, the native language of the parents (p1Y and p2Y) in Group D, shared-native/non-community language families, is different from that of the community.

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