Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Analyse linguistique des processus de (re)construction des notions de "citoyen" et d’"étranger" dans et par un discours administratif : réflexion linguistique sur des questions sociales

Ishikawa, Fumiya

In: Bulletin VALS-ASLA, 2006, vol. 83, no. 2, p. 175-186

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    The Kôhô, a monthly public information bulletin published by each city or prefecture in Japan, is a "description/categorizing device", which (re)constructs the concepts of "citizen" and "foreigner" in and by its discourse. By analyzing some articles in the Kôhô of Yokohama City from the point of view of linguistics based on ethnomethodology, we can consider the Kôhô as a paradoxical discourse: in order to announce the importance of "idealized" citizens (or native citizens) and foreigners living together, the Kôhô of Yokohama City has to begin by distinguishing the former from the latter. Through such a critical analysis of discourse, we will show that linguistics may contribute to reflections on the contemporary social issues.