Blogging Identity: How L2 Learners Express Themselves

  • Kiyomi FUJII Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Keywords: SLA, identity, blog, sentence final expression, JFL

Abstract

This study discusses language learning and identity, particularly pertaining to intermediate-advanced-level Japanese-language learners, focusing on their target language and identity expression through their interactions with peers and Japanese college students. When learners of Japanese express their identities while interacting with others in their target language, they feel a gap between the self-image they want to present, and the image they are capable of presenting in Japanese (Siegal, 1994, 1995, 1996). Along with adjusting their L1 and L2 usage depending on their interlocutor (Kurata 2007), learners also use different sentence-ending styles depending on the role they want to assume (Cook 2008). By conducting a case study, the present inquiry attempts to address how learners of Japanese express their identities through blog conversations, focusing on their language choice and expressions. Results suggest that participants use the formal endings for self-presentation and projection of their student and classmate identity. However, when expressing emotion some students preferred informal endings, or sentence-final particles.

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Author Biography

Kiyomi FUJII, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Associate professor, Assistant director of the English Language Program in the Department of Academic Foundations at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology

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Published
2015-06-30
How to Cite
FUJII, K. (2015). Blogging Identity: How L2 Learners Express Themselves. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 5(1), 53-70. https://doi.org/10.4312/ala.5.1.53-70
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Research Articles