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Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change by Jannis Androutsopoulos

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Ichiro Ota and Shoji Takano

The media influence on language change in Japanese sociolinguistic contexts

1 Introduction

In this article, we will consider the influence of media on the language change that has taken place in most of the regional dialects of Japanese within the past several decades. We will critically review the results of previous studies (Section 2), demonstrate our research results which afford the possibility of a media impact on language (Section 3 and 4), and put forward a suggestion for further research in the future (Section 5). By the word ‘media’, we mainly have in mind those that have audio and visual (moving) images such as television or video content. We will start our discussion with what makes us believe that our ...

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