Departmental Bulletin Paper ICT 時代の英語: 語彙使用の観点から

江連 敏和

54pp.19 - 32 , 2016-1 , 文教大学
Three methods were used to compare and contrast the frequencies of English and Japanese vocabularies on the Internet. First, I analyzed 50 titles of three themes posted by general users on Youtube. One concerned shooting in Virginia, U.S.A, the second, an Apple’s keynote event on September 9 in 2015, and the third, so-called ‘a China risk’ referring to the impact of the declining Chinese economy on other countries. The results indicated that some Japanese words were used sensationally to express shock in the shooting videos, while contributors use English words to express their opinions. English words such as ‘hands-on’ were used to convey the direct experience of trying iPhone6S. Japanese words were used for focusing on colors and various functions of iPhone6S. China risk was regarded as an economic crisis in English while Japanese words focused on the political aspects. Second, I investigated Twitter messages of ordinary people about launching iPhone 6S. The contents of the messages did not differ substantially between the two languages. Third, I examined a short videos about iPhone 6S in English and a brief introduction to iPhone 6S by a well-known commentator in Japanese. Some sensational words appeared in English comments. They did not in Japanese comments. Instead Japanese comments included ‘7’ for next series of iPhone, suggesting that Japanese users were anticipating the next series. Finally, three pedagogical suggestions are offered. The first is to access directly information in English. The second is to give students more opportunities to speak and write. The third is to recognize the difference between English and Japanese. We should introduce statistical analyses to the result for further research.

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