Relating Katakana English to the English Original or Equivalents: Implications for English Education in Japan

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Nozomu Sonda, Yamaguchi University/One World International


English loanwords or katakana English are sometimes regarded as “degenerate” but in reality many are now an integral part of contemporary Japanese and are used frequently on a daily basis. Knowledge about English loanwords would benefit Japanese English learners, helping them to become more sensitive to pronunciation, acquire more vocabulary, and develop grammatical skills. The purpose of this study is to consider the role of English loanwords in Japanese, provide a comprehensive typology of loanwords, and compare them with their English equivalents. There will also be a brief discussion of the educational implications of this kind of contrastive analysis of English loanwords in Japanese English language instruction.
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