I am a DPhil Candidate working on Sociolinguistics of Japanese.
When we think of Osaka nowadays, we think of the food, Manzai, and the characteristic dialect. Popular and welcomed throughout Japan as it is nowadays, the Osaka dialect was once a largely stigmatised language attached with negative labels such as “vulgar”, “stubborn” or “garish”. My project investigates the ideological change that took place in post-war Japan as well as the ideology of the Osaka dialect in contemporary Japan. I argue in my study that the commodification of the dialect played a preeminent role in the destigmatisation of the dialect and is still posing influence in contemporary Japan.
The commodification of language includes actions that treat the language as an exchangeable commodity in social actions such as education, performance, promotion and so on. I will conduct fieldwork in Osaka, Japan from September 2021 as a Japanese Studies Fellowship of Japan Foundation.
Apart from my DPhil research, I am also interested in various Sociolinguistic phenomenon in East Asia, with a focus on language ideology and language policy.
I hold an MSc in Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford (2018-2019). My master thesis is on the semantic change of Buddhist Lexicon in Contemporary Japanese from the Lotus Sutra. Before that, I graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University with a BA in Japanese and English. I am a certified Japanese-Chinese interpreter (CATTI 2).
College: Hertford College
Department: Oriental Studies
Supervisor: Professor Bjarke Frellesvig.
Previous Degree Programme: MSc in Japanese Studies 2018/2019