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Noriko Watanabe
CUNY Research Foundation, Bernard Baruch College (New York, NY 10010-5585)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005

Japanese Script and Personal Names

In my project on Japanese script and personal identity of names, I will examine the ways in which Japanese speakers relate to their complex writing system in everyday life, specifically in naming a newborn and determining its legal identity. Through discussions of the links between language ideology, legal restrictions on language use, and people's linguistic creativity, I intend to show the significance of the visual representation of a language and its impact on human life. This study will incorporate linguistic and cultural analyses of naming practices in contemporary Japan. I will use a name database, newspapers, magazines, court case reports, and interviews to conduct my research.