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The ideal speaker of Japanese English as portrayed in ‘language entertainment’ television.
Andrew Moody; Yuko Matsumoto
2011
Source PublicationENGLISH IN JAPAN IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION
PublisherPALGRAVE, HOUNDMILLS, BASINGSTOKE RG21 6XS, ENGLAND
Pages166-186
Abstract

It is somewhat difficult to have a unified response to the presence of English within Japanese popular culture. English is frequently used decoratively, as it is in J-Pop music, to suggest that songs are more internationalized than the audience they are written for. English loanwords might pepper the speech of comedians and celebrities as a joke about a particular style of cosmopolitan Japanese. But nowhere in Japanese popular culture is English more prevalent than within the television genre of ‘language entertainment’ programmes. Presented to viewers as a type of amusement, these programmes portray several characteristics — competence, yuuki ‘courage’, jigyaku ‘self-effacement’ and genki ‘enthusiasm’ — that together may be taken as the characteristics of an ideal speaker of Japanese English. This examination of Japanese television will illustrate and examine how each of these four characteristics of an ideal speaker are actively modelled within Japanese popular culture. In response to the professional and popular view that Japanese speakers are overly anxious about speaking English, the ‘language entertainment’ genre of Japanese television presents alternative images of Japanese speakers who are both highly trained in their professions and highly proficient speakers of English. At the same time, the genre also models yuuki, jigyaku and genki as personality traits that favour the successful use of English.

KeywordPrime Minister English Speaker Language Education Liberal Democratic Party Japanese Speaker
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230306196_9
Language英语
ISBN978-0-23030-619-6
WOS IDWOS:000295046800009
WOS SubjectLanguage & Linguistics
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
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Document TypeBook chapter
CollectionUniversity of Macau
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Andrew Moody,Yuko Matsumoto. The ideal speaker of Japanese English as portrayed in ‘language entertainment’ television.:PALGRAVE, HOUNDMILLS, BASINGSTOKE RG21 6XS, ENGLAND,2011:166-186.
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