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Kato, Mihoko

Affiliation Institute of Liberal Arts and Science
Title Professor
Fields of Research English language / Sociolinguistics / Linguistics of Sign Language
Degree M.A. In English literature (Kinjo Gakuin University)
Academic Societies Japanese Association for Asian Englishes / Intercultural Education Society of Japan / The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistics Sciences / Japanese Association of Sign Linguistics / Japanese Association of International Deaf Education / The Japan-Brita
E-mail mihoko@las
Please append ".tut.ac.jp" to the end of the address above.
Researcher information URL(researchmap) Researcher information

Research

(1) A study on globalization and diversification of the English:
This study will consider how English is used in the world, examining and
contrasting the different varieties of English spoken by both native and
non-native speakers.
(2) A sociolinguistic study of a society of deaf peolple and their sign language:
Linguistic analysis of Japanese Sign Language and the issue of 'language
rights' of deaf people are considered.
(3) A study of a writing system for sign language:
The Sutton sign language writing system is applied to Japanese sign language
and the problems produced by that process are examined, and a remedy proposed.

Theme1:A study of the internationalization and diversification of English

Overview
Internationalization and diversification of English

English is called the common international language. In Japan English is going to be introduced as a subject taught in elementary schools and the idea of English as a second official language in Japan has also been proposed. This study therefore, will consider how English is used in the world, examining and contrasting the different varieties of English spoken by both native and non-native speakers. Furthermore, the many social and linguistic problems caused by the spread of English in Asian countries will be discussed. This study includes the analysis of English from phonological, lexical, grammatical, and rhetorical points of view, the language contact between English and Asian native languages, and the various aspects of English communication in Asia.

Keywords

Internationalization of English, Diversification of English, Asian Englishes, English as an official-language

Theme2:A Sociolinguistic study of a society of deaf people and their sign language

Overview

Hearing-impaired people who use a sign language as their native language have generally been discriminated against by
the non hearing-impaired majority. So, in addition to a linguistic analysis of Japanese Sign Language, the rights of
deaf people to use sign language as their native language, and the issue of officially adopting sign language in deaf
schools are considered.

Keywords

Sign language, deaf people, education of the deaf, Japanese Sign Language, native language education

Theme3:A Study of a writing system for sign language

Overview

Sign languages are languages with no written form. However, recently, a writing system for sign language has been devised by Valerie Sutton in the United States. Using this system, deaf people can write down not only American Sign Language but also signed words and sentences of other foreign sign languages. In this study, the Sutton sign language writing system is applied to Japanese sign language, and the many problems produced by that process are examined, and a remedy proposed. In addition, a syllabus for introducing this sign language writing system into the literacy education of deaf children is also examined.

Keywords

Japanese Sign Language, Notation systems of sign languages, Sutton Sign Writing system

Title of class

English VA (B1033009g) / English VB (B1033010j ) / English VIA (B1033011g) / English VIB (B1033012j) / Language and Culture I (M20330060) / Language and Culture III (M20330080) /Advanced Study of Japanese Culture(D35030120)


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