Establishing Science for Universal Communication

Institute
NINJAL, National Museum of Ethnology
Project Leader
KOISO Hanae (Professor, NINJAL)
Project Period
April 2022 -

Summary

Along with Japanese dialects and sociolects, a number of spoken and signed languages are used in Japan, such as foreign, sign, and manually coded languages. Social participation is re-evaluated to tackle the under-representation of gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and ethnic groups in society. Inter-generational communications including those of the elderly and parents with small children are emphasized. An information-sharing system in cases of unexpected situations (e.g., earthquakes and pandemics) should be implemented for persons with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. To this end, we will continue our research to contribute to better communication designs.

NINJAL focuses on issues in communication of persons with disabilities, the elderly, and ethnic groups, and conducts empirical research through social surveys and corpus-based analyses, together with participatory research in collaboration with our partner communities.

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