This project investigates life transitions and traces the language use of a group of women over 30 years. It analyses shifts and changes in the women’s language, discourse and identities by examining ethnographic data of a longitudinal research project into working-class women’s life trajectories in Kobe, Japan. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration between linguistics and social/cultural anthropology. The project aims to bring new insights into issues of language, gender, class and mobility in Japan in the context of transition from young adulthood to middle
adulthood in a rapidly changing contemporary Asia.