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From The Perspective of Language Simplification Easy Japanese and Sign Language News

Author: Matsumoto Miho

Source: Global Perspectives on Japan (GPJ), No.6 (2023), pp.197-214
Publisher: Forum Tauri Press
Keywords: Easy Japanese, Japanese language, Sign Language News, language simplification, sociolinguistics


With the increase in the number of local residents with foreign roots, “Easy Japanese” for people who do not speak Japanese as their first language has been receiving attention. “Easy Japanese” is Japanese that has been simplified by controlling the vocabulary and grammar of ordinary Japanese; however, there is no established theory as to what constitutes “easy”, and there is ambiguity about the matter. Therefore, this research, it is aimed to investigate what “Easy Japanese” is, how it is simplified, and how native Japanese speakers can make full use of it. Hence, “Sign Language News”, which has a track record in broadcasting and other activities, is analyzed from the viewpoint of “language simplification” in sociolinguistics.