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Tokyo Night Fever : A study of English code-switching in Japanese 1970s & 1980s city pop


  • Kevin Östlie

Summary, in English

The purpose of this thesis is to add further knowledge regarding the mixing of languages (code-switching) in Japanese popular music from the 1970s and 1980s. The genre of focus is the newly resurfaced musical style city-pop. Analysis of functional elements as well as a quantitative examination of three established code-switching types was made. Comparisons of the code-switching construction in song lyrics between the respective decades (1970s, 1980s) constitute a focal point. From the results, it could be seen that the 1980s lyrics contained the most amount of code-switches and that functions of the switches proved to be many.


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • code-switching
  • code-mixing
  • city-pop
  • Japanese
  • language study
  • music
  • disco
  • soft rock
  • funk
  • 1970s
  • 1980s


  • Axel Svahn (Doctoral Student)