Japanese language proficiency: low intermediate level.
This course offers a brief introduction to a wide range of topics in Japanese linguistics, including: sound system, vocabulary and word structure, word meaning, writing system, sentence structure, and use and functions of Japanese in relation to social structures and interpersonal relationships.
Students will gain:
(1) A basic understanding of these fields of Japanese linguistics and terminology used within them;
(2) An ability to discuss problems related to the structure and use of Japanese;
(3) A basic ability to analyse some aspects of written and spoken language by working on short assignments.
For more information, check time table.
Mode of instruction
– Participation element (attendance, participation, presentation & presentation write-up): 30% – Analytical element (analytical exercises): 20% – Research paper (2,000-2,500 words): 30% – Final exam: 20%
Course notes, slides, syllabus, schedules, assignments, instructions, links, required readings, etc. see Blackboard
- Yamaguchi, Toshiko, 2007. Japanese Linguistics – An Introduction, Continuum. ISBN: 0826487904 (NB: subject to change, if a new book available by the beginning of 2012; for more information contact the instructor)
- Additional readings to be announced in the beginning of the course
Please contact Mw. Dr. R.J. Länsisalmi.
Students not majoring in Japanese Studies should contact the instructor first.