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Aida Niendorf, Mariya
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Aida Niendorf, M. (2019). Finlando to nihon no tango buumu kara kaimamiru ryokoku kyotsuu no rekishiteki, shakaiteki haikei. In: Juha Saunavaara, Ojiro Suzuki (Ed.), Toku – Chikaku: 100 nen ni Wataru Nihon to Finlando no Kankei. Wakayama: Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Finlando to nihon no tango buumu kara kaimamiru ryokoku kyotsuu no rekishiteki, shakaiteki haikei
2019 (Japanese)In: Toku – Chikaku: 100 nen ni Wataru Nihon to Finlando no Kankei / [ed] Juha Saunavaara, Ojiro Suzuki, Wakayama: Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan , 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wakayama: Daigaku Kyoiku Shuppan, 2019
Keywords
フィンランド 日本 タンゴ リミナりティー
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28783 (URN)
Note

Kommande

Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2018-10-22Bibliographically approved
Aida Niendorf, M. (2019). Tangon huumaa: Musiikki ja tanssi mielenmaisemien siltana. In: Juha Saunavaara, Laura Ipatti (Ed.), Lähellä-Kaukana: 100 Vuotta Suomalais-Japanilaisia suhteita. Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tangon huumaa: Musiikki ja tanssi mielenmaisemien siltana
2019 (Finnish)In: Lähellä-Kaukana: 100 Vuotta Suomalais-Japanilaisia suhteita / [ed] Juha Saunavaara, Laura Ipatti, Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: Edita Publishing Oy, 2019
Keywords
Finland, Japan, tango, liminality
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-25754 (URN)
Note

Kommande

Available from: 2017-08-13 Created: 2017-08-13 Last updated: 2018-10-22Bibliographically approved
Aida Niendorf, M. (2018). Cross-cultural analysis of Finnish vs. Japanese politeness strategies. In: : . Paper presented at Seminar for the 25th anniversary of Japanese studies at Vasa Fria Kristliga Folkhögskolan. 27-28 September, 2018. Vasa, Finland. Invited presenter..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cross-cultural analysis of Finnish vs. Japanese politeness strategies
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28255 (URN)
Conference
Seminar for the 25th anniversary of Japanese studies at Vasa Fria Kristliga Folkhögskolan. 27-28 September, 2018. Vasa, Finland. Invited presenter.
Available from: 2018-07-25 Created: 2018-07-25 Last updated: 2018-08-06Bibliographically approved
Aida Niendorf, M. (2018). Cross-Cultural Analysis of Swedish vs. Japanese Politeness Strategies. In: : . Paper presented at Conference on East Asia Research: What's in it for Sweden? Toward a shared agenda for Swedish East Asia research, the University of Gothenburg, 26-27 April 2018..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cross-Cultural Analysis of Swedish vs. Japanese Politeness Strategies
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Japanese politeness discourse varies in complexity according to social distance, relative power between speakers, and social situations. However, the attitude surveys I conducted over the past eight years indicate that Swedish learners of Japanese often do not see the necessity of learning polite discourse and often view such forms negatively. Intentionally or unintentionally, Swedish students often fail to use appropriate politeness strategies as Sweden is one of the most egalitarian societies in the world, with the elimination of the second person plural form ni to indicate a higher level of politeness reflecting this change. However, it is important to point out to foreign language learners that cultural and social norms are not cross-culturally interchangeable and that speakers must often adapt to the language they are learning and the culture they find themselves in.

Cross-cultural data on polite discourse shows that the politeness strategies differ considerably across cultures. While politeness, respect, and formality are closely associated in Japanese (e.g., Ide 1989, 2006; Matsumoto 1988, 1989, 1993) Swedish speakers perceive respect and politeness as separate matters (Björk 2014; Brumark 2006; Utrzén 2011; Norrbom 2006). Studies have also found that while Japanese speakers are inclined to use verbal politeness strategies, Swedish speakers tend to express respect through non-verbal actions or behaviors (Norrbom 2006; Pizziconi 2008; Utrzén 2011).

Language and identity are closely related, and language use is based on culture and society. Understanding both one’s own politeness strategies as well as foreign norms can help learners realize how culture, language, and their own identity are intertwined. Learners of Japanese should therefore consider polite discourse as part of the rules of the language rather than as something that can be modified based on one’s opinion.

Based on an analysis of cross-cultural differences in politeness strategies between Japanese and Swedish seen from both cultural and linguistic viewpoints, this study investigates politeness strategies used by Swedish and Japanese speakers by conducting attitude surveys and by analyzing the types of pragmatic errors made by Swedish learners of Japanese along with possible reasons for such errors.

Teaching communicative competence is extremely important in language instruction. Speakers can avoid embarrassing situations and conflicts caused by misunderstandings if they are aware of differences in inter-cultural pragmatics. Studies have shown that pragmatics can be taught effectively by using appropriate methods and tools (Cohen & Ishihara 2005, Bardovi-Harlig & Mahan-Taylor 2003). By demonstrating the use of the Japanese honorific system more systematically and contrasting it with Swedish politeness strategies, I aim to motivate students to learn honorific expressions, thus enabling them to communicate more successfully in Japanese.

In this presentation, I will first offer various definitions and views of politeness in Japan and Sweden suggested by previous studies and discuss the reasons why these came to be viewed as they are today. Second, Swedish speakers’ attitudes toward the use of Japanese polite forms will be examined using data from the surveys and error analyses I conducted. Finally, various methods for overcoming cross-cultural miscommunication caused by differences in politeness strategies will be discussed.

 

Keywords
politeness, pragmatics, Japanese, Swedish
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-27539 (URN)
Conference
Conference on East Asia Research: What's in it for Sweden? Toward a shared agenda for Swedish East Asia research, the University of Gothenburg, 26-27 April 2018.
Available from: 2018-05-02 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-05-04Bibliographically approved
Aida Niendorf, M. & Takamiya, Y. (2018). Identity (re)construction and improvement in intercultural competence through synchronous and asynchronous telecollaboration: Connecting Japanese language learners in the United States and Sweden. In: E. Zimmerman & A. McMeekin (Ed.), Technology-supported learning in and out of the Japanese language classroom: Theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical developments. Multilingual Matters
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identity (re)construction and improvement in intercultural competence through synchronous and asynchronous telecollaboration: Connecting Japanese language learners in the United States and Sweden
2018 (English)In: Technology-supported learning in and out of the Japanese language classroom: Theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical developments / [ed] E. Zimmerman & A. McMeekin, Multilingual Matters, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Multilingual Matters, 2018
Keywords
blog, telecollaboration, identity, intercultural competence, Japanese
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Specific Languages
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-25753 (URN)
Note

Kommande

Available from: 2017-08-13 Created: 2017-08-13 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Aida Niendorf, M. (2017). Bastu i vått och torrt. In: : . Paper presented at Jubileumsseminarium: Finland -- 100-åringen som inte försvann (Stockholm University).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bastu i vått och torrt
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
liminality, sauna, Finnish culture
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-25009 (URN)
Conference
Jubileumsseminarium: Finland -- 100-åringen som inte försvann (Stockholm University)
Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-17 Last updated: 2017-05-17Bibliographically approved
Takamiya, Y. & Aida Niendorf, M. (2017). Beikoku to suweeden no nihongo gakushuusha o tsunaida jissen  : Aidenthithi o teema ni shita torikumi [Connecting US-Swedish Japanese language learners: Identity as a main theme]. In: H. Shimizu (Ed.), Soosharu nettowaakingu apuroochi to nihongo kyoiku kenkyu happyokai houkoku ronshu [Selected conference proceeding: Social networking approach and Japanese language education 2016]: . Paper presented at Social networking approach and Japanese language education 2016 (pp. 111-120). Tokyo: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beikoku to suweeden no nihongo gakushuusha o tsunaida jissen  : Aidenthithi o teema ni shita torikumi [Connecting US-Swedish Japanese language learners: Identity as a main theme]
2017 (Japanese)In: Soosharu nettowaakingu apuroochi to nihongo kyoiku kenkyu happyokai houkoku ronshu [Selected conference proceeding: Social networking approach and Japanese language education 2016] / [ed] H. Shimizu, Tokyo: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science , 2017, p. 111-120Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tokyo: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2017
Keywords
Identity, intercultural competence, blog, online-joint seminar, アイデンティティー、異文化理解能力、ブログ、オンライン・ジョイントセミナー
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-25755 (URN)
Conference
Social networking approach and Japanese language education 2016
Note

Grants-in-Aid for scientific research report: JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K02662

Available from: 2017-08-13 Created: 2017-08-13 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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