Language and masculinity: The role of Osaka dialect in contemporary ideals of fatherhood

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The une xpected use of O saka dialect in the 2013 film Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Kore'eda, presents an opportunity to scrutinise its role in indexing masculinity, class and fatherhood. The film depicts two styles of fatherhood: one, a cool and disconnected father representing the archetypal upper-middle class but absent salaryman patriarch; the other, a warm and emotionally connected father representing a new kind of patriarch who is engaged in child rearing. These contrasting styles are indexed linguistically through standard Japanese and Osaka dialect respectively. Extending the framework of a sociolinguistics of the periphery to a case of internal language variation, the mobility of Osaka dialect is highlighted. Specifically, through the process of translocalisation, the enregistered indices of Osaka dialect mediate the creation of a new social type: the caring and connected father.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-574
Number of pages23
JournalGender and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017


  • Fatherhood
  • Internal globalisation
  • Japan
  • Masculinity
  • Regional dialect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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