Dialects at risk of extinction in Tohoku's disaster zones

National Mar 18, 2018

Dialects at risk of extinction in Tohoku's disaster zones

In the wake of the March 2011 disasters, encouraging phrases in various dialects gave residents of tsunami-devastated Tohoku a much-needed psychological lift, but those same dialects are battling to survive amid the exodus of young people from the region. "Magenedo, Miyagi!" ("Miyagi won't give up!") ...

National May 29, 2015

More locals dropping accents when speaking with outsiders: survey

More Japanese switch between using standard Japanese and various dialects according to who they are speaking with, a National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics survey has showed. The institute has been conducting a survey once every 20 years to look into the changes in ...

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Jan 19, 2013

Signs of Kansai

by Thomas Dillon

At the end of lunch with an old friend, I point out yet another hole in my Swiss cheese knowledge of Japan. "I've never really understood this whole 'Kansai/Kanto' thing. I mean, sure, I've traveled to Kyoto, Osaka and so on. But I've never figured ...

Dialect-rife Japan can be tongue-twisting

Reference | FYI Nov 13, 2007

Dialect-rife Japan can be tongue-twisting

by Eric Johnston

The islands of Japan have many dialects, and students of the language often realize these variations are not taught in classrooms. Strong regional accents, and grammatical structures and vocabulary different from standard Japanese, are proof of the country's linguistic and regional diversity, a diversity often ...