LANGUAGE PLANNING AND LANGUAGE CHANGE IN JAPAN, by Tessa Carroll, Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 276 pp., 40.00 British pounds (cloth)

The Japanese government’s deliberate intervention in linguistic development amounted to language planning by the time of the Meiji Era, although the term itself didn’t come into currency until the 1950s. Tessa Carroll’s book provides an overview of activities and attitudes pertaining to language planning in Japan as well as a state-of-the-art account of the Japanese language and society. Although not much original research is reported, the book covers a wider scope than several other English-language books about language planning in Japan.

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