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Cognitive Linguistics and Japanese-Language Education: How to deal with cross-cultural conflict?

Author: Michiyo Moriya

Source: Global Perspectives on Japan (GPJ), No.6 (2023), pp.181-196
Publisher: Forum Tauri Press
Keywords: Cognitive linguistics, cross-cultural conflicts, employment, Japanese language, JLPT


Japanese companies are increasingly expanding their employment quotas for international students and foreigners in recent years. On the other hand, this movement has exceeded expectations and is having a major impact on the field of Japanese language education. This paper examines the current situation and problems surrounding Japanese language education at Japanese universities, analyses the cases of cross-cultural conflicts from the perspective of cognitive linguistics, and based on that, proposes training of mentors equipped with knowledge of cognitive linguistics to cope with cross-cultural conflicts.