Japanese fanspeak in the Anglophone manga and anime fan culture

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Japanese fanspeak in the Anglophone manga and anime fan culture

Type: Master thesis
Title: Japanese fanspeak in the Anglophone manga and anime fan culture
Author: Bloem, Willeke
Issue Date: 2014-08-31
Keywords: fanspeak
computer-mediated communication
fan culture
Japanese loanwords
Abstract: This thesis is a sociolinguistic study of the phenomenon of 'fanspeak', the use of Japanese words by English-speaking fans of Japanese manga and anime, in computer mediated communication. The internet has enabled fans from all over the world to communicate with each other and form an online subculture of sorts. The abundant use of loanwords from Japanese in this online discourse is striking. Using data collected from various manga and anime related websites and message boards, and interviews with the fans who use this kind of language, this thesis aims examine the characteristics of fanspeak from multiple angles. First its origins and social functions are discussed; why does fanspeak exist? Next, the semantics of fanspeak are analyzed; are the borrowed words used in the same meaning as in Japanese, or have their meanings and connotations shifted in the adaptation for use in English? Lastly, the morphological properties of fanspeak are addressed; what kind of grammatical transformations do Japanese words undergo in their adaptation? By addressing these issues I hope to clarify to what extent Japanese fanspeak has been incorporated into English internet discourse, and why and how this is diversifying the subcultural language of English speaking manga and anime fans.
Supervisor: Yoshioka, Keiko
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (120 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Japan track
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29529

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