The Language of Food in Japanese

Cognitive perspectives and beyond

| York University
ISBN 9789027210821 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Many studies on the language of food examine English or adopt discourse analysis. This volume makes a fresh attempt to analyze Japanese, focusing on non-discursive units. It offers state-of-the-art data-oriented studies, including methods of analysis in line with Cognitive Linguistics. It orchestrates relatable and intriguing topics, from sound-symbolism in rice cracker naming to meanings of aesthetic sake taste terms. The chapters show that the language of food in Japanese is multifaceted: for instance, expressivity is enhanced by ideophones, as sensory words iconically depicting perceptual experiences and as nuanced words flexibly participating in neologization; context-sensitivity is exemplified by words deeply imbued with socio-cultural constructs; creativity is portrayed by imaginative expressions grounded in embodied experience. The volume will be a valuable resource for students and researchers, not only in linguistics but also in neighboring disciplines, who seek deeper insights into how language interacts with food in Japanese or any other language.
[Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, 25]  Expected April 2022.  x, 343 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Introduction to the volume
Kiyoko Toratani
Section I. Overview
Chapter 1. The language of food in Japanese through a linguistic lens
Natsuko Tsujimura
Section II. Mimetics and sound-symbolism in food names and food descriptions
Chapter 2. Analysis of the use of Japanese mimetics in the eating and imagined eating of rice crackers
Ryoko Uno, Fumiyuki Kobayashi, Kazuko Shinohara and Sachiko Odake
Chapter 3. The sound-symbolic effects of consonants on food texture: An experimental study of snack names in Japanese
Gakuji Kumagai, Ryoko Uno and Kazuko Shinohara
Chapter 4. Innovative binomial adjectives in Japanese food descriptions and beyond
Kimi Akita and Keiko Murasugi
Section III. Change in the language of food
Chapter 5. Verbs of eating: From active zones, cultures, metonymy, and metaphor to withdrawal
Toshiko Yamaguchi
Chapter 6. Naturalization of the Japanese loanword sushi in English: A cognitive account
Kiyoko Toratani
Section IV. Taste terms
Chapter 7. Clear is sweet: Defining aesthetic sake taste terms with a usage-based approach
Hiroki Fukushima
Chapter 8. A frame-semantic approach to Japanese taste terms
Kei Sakaguchi
Section V. Motion and force in the language of food
Chapter 9. Verbs of seasoning in Japanese, with special reference to the locative alternation in English
Daisuke Nonaka
Chapter 10. Motion expressions in Japanese wine-tasting descriptions
Yuko Yoshinari
Chapter 11. Applying force dynamics to analyze taste descriptions in Japanese online columns
Sayaka Abe
“Much of the work on the linguistics of food has been conducted on the English language. This book makes a strong contribution to the field by providing an in-depth analysis of the language of food in Japanese. This analysis reveals innovative linguistic patterns and uses. For example, Japanese binomial adjectives (Chapter 7) are a novel ideophone construction that can be used in creative descriptions of food. Not only does the study of Japanese add to the field in terms of generalizability, but it also opens up fascinating new directions of research, by highlighting unique aspects of the Japanese language in relation to food. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and look forward to follow-up research that will no doubt emerge from this volume.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2GJ – Linguistics/Japanese
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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