The Influence of Westernization on Japanese Language

Zhongyin "Maggie" Zhang's study of the construction of "gairaigo" or "loanwords" and their social implications.

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For her linguistics-focused independent research project in the History elective Japan, China, and the Long War, Zhongyin “Maggie” Zhang ’20 wrote about the influence of Westernization on the Japanese language through “gairaigo,” or “loanwords,” and the resulting social implications of this trend. She then had the vision and gumption to submit the work for publication to an academic journal, The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, where it was accepted and recently published.

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