Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

A study on Nikkei Hawaiian Japanese

Akemi Yamashita


Japanese language use overseas has its history of more than one hundred years. Hawaii is one of the areas where Japanese language is used in daily life among Nikkei citizens of Japanese descent. Japanese language overseas shows changes and diversity. Some common points were found in Japanese language used overseas even if the local languages are different such as in Brazil (Portuguese), Hawaii (English), Taiwan (Chinese) etc. The cause of change in Japanese can roughly be divided into two. One is based on the linguistic feature which Japanese itself has, and another is the feature resulting from the Japanese people and the Japanese society which brought immigrants into overseas. However, there is the 3rd cause for the change which is not included in the influence of the local languages. The feature of Nikkei Hawaiian is considered how these factors have affected language change.

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