Things we do with identity

An Iconography of Japanese Identity - Ken Tann

Ken Tann [+-]
The University of Sydney
Ken Tann lectures at the University of Sydney on the application of linguistic research to identity issues in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to discourse analysis, and his publications include work on both the English and Japanese languages, particularly in relation to nationalism and identity politics.


This chapter demonstrates how the three types of icons work together in discourse, and relates the use of these icons to the work of van Leeuwen (2008), to demonstrate how they are used to legitimize arguments and collective action.

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Tann, Ken. Things we do with identity. An Iconography of Japanese Identity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Dec 2025. ISBN 9781781793428. Date accessed: 31 May 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27379. Dec 2025

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