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Abstract

Given name is a cultural component that reflects family life. The present study is a literature-based research on newborn baby naming practice in Japan from 1912-2018. Based on existing literatures on naming, examples and surveys on given names, an overview of a naming pattern in Japan is presented and discussed within a sociocultural framework. Historical observations of baby names include popular female and male names and their recent trends. The study also shows that in Japan computerization has changed learning method, information transmission method and communication modes, and that digital natives name their children in different ways than older generations.

Bio Note

Noriko Mori Kolbe is a lecturer of Japanese at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches courses on Japanese language and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include Japanese language pedagogy, second language acquisition, East Asian studies, and interdisciplinary study.

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