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Abstr. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 148, 2019
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Abstr. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 148, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-abs-1-148-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  15 Jul 2019

15 Jul 2019

Lexical variation in Japanese dialects revisited: Geostatistic and dialectometric analysis

Péter Jeszenszky1, Yoshinobu Hikosaka2, and Keiji Yano1 Péter Jeszenszky et al.
  • 1Department of Geography, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

Keywords: spatial analysis, geostatistics, GIScience, linguistic geography, dialectology, geovisualisation

Abstract. Since the end of the 19th century in Japan, the official language policy enforced using Standard Japanese, based on the variety spoken in Tokyo (formerly Edo), in all official situations and in schools. Since then, Japanese dialects have been dwindling and ‘flattening’ (i.e., they retain less regional variation). Nevertheless, differences of language varieties keep being important topics and they reinforce the feeling of belonging and group formation in Japan, similarly to most languages with dialects. This study explores the spatial patterns in Japanese lexical variation based on digitised dialectal survey data (using the Linguistic Atlas of Japan) and presents first results of a dialectometric analysis, quantifying a number of factors assumed to affect lexical variation in Japanese.

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