グローバル教養科目・Japanese linguistics Japanese linguistics
Just like any other language, the Japanese language has its own unique characteristics. However, as native speakers there is a tendency not to notice the uniqueness. When posed with questions from Japanese learners, it is often challenging to explain certain concepts and rules. Analyzing the Japanese from a linguistic perspective gives native speakers a deeper understanding. This course aims to provide students with an objective perspective and knowledge of the Japanese language. A typical class includes introduction questions/discussion and lectures on the target topic. The class will be held in English and students will be encouraged to discuss in English. Therefore students are expected to have adequate competence in English.
Course objectives are: 1. To deepen understanding of the Japanese language with comparison to other languages. 2. To gain linguistic understanding of the Japanese language. 3. To develop analytical skill of all languages.
Lecture Discussion Reading
1. Orientation/ Introduction 2. Japanese and world languages 3. Japanese sounds 4. Accent/Intonation 5. Writing system 6. Lexicon (vocabulary) 7. Grammar 1 8. Grammar 2 9. Grammar 3 10. Honorifics 11. Dialects 12. Language change 13. Second language acquisition 14. Review 15. Final exam
Participation 40% Final Exam 30% Final Essay 30%
Attendance and active participation are both essential for this course.
Japanese : a linguistic introduction
Cambridge University Press
This course is targeted for students who are taking the upper level English class, and not recommended for students whose TOEFL score is under 530. Lectures are given in English and students are encouraged to discuss in English. If you are not confident in listening/speaking in English but willing to enroll in this course, please consult the lecturer in the first class.